Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit

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Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit
Duke-UNC CLS Logo.jpg
Abbreviation CLS
Formation 2010
Type Non-Profit
Purpose International Relations
Headquarters Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
Official language
Website http://www.dukeunccls.com/

The Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit (CLS) is an annual student conference that brings together distinguished student leaders and eminent individuals in the fields of academia, politics and business to examine the rise of China.[1]

Inspired by student conferences like The Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations and the Forum for American/Chinese Exchange at Stanford, CLS is the first conference of its kind in the southern United States. Established in 2010 with the goal of providing sustained collaboration between students and faculty at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and to connect students in the Research Triangle to innovative research and professional development opportunities in field of US-China relations.[2] it has grown to host over 100 delegates from across the US and China.

In 2012, the Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit established a working relationship with Wuhan University and sponsored Wuhan students to attend the second annual Summit. The partnership arose out of Duke University's partnership with Wuhan University and the city of Kunshan on Duke Kunshan University (DKU).[3] It was at the 2012 CLS that the Managing Director of DKU Nora Bynum announced that DKU programs will start in 2013, one year later than anticipated.[4] CLS 2012 received sponsorship from the prestigious Kenan-Biddle Grant[5] and was able to offer admission to non Duke and UNC Students.[6]

Former Speakers[edit]

1. David Shambaugh, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and the Director of the China Policy Program at George Washington University
2. Jenny Chan, Departmental Lecturer in the Sociology of China at Oxford University and Advisor to Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM)
3. Bonnie Glaser, Senior Adviser for Asia, Freeman Chair in China Studies and Senior Associate, Pacific Forum at CSIS
4. Rachel Wasser, Cofounder of Teach for China
5. David Wertime, Cofounder of Tea Leaf Nation
6. Aaron Friedberg, Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University
7. Dan Blumenthal, Director of Asian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute
8. Deborah Bräutigam, Professor of Comparative Politics and Director of the International Development Program (IDEV), and the China Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
9. David H. Shinn, Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs
10. Paul Haagen, Senior Associate Dean at the Duke Law School and former chair of Duke's China Faculty Council

Former Participating Institutions[edit]

Harvard University
New York University Shanghai
Yale University
University of Southern California
Liberty University
Grinnell College
University of Alabama
Columbia University in the City of New York
Davidson College
Washington University in St. Louis
Wellesley College
Wright State University
Guilford College
University of Mississippi
Princeton University


  1. ^ Seligson, Paula. "China Leadership Summit unites Duke, UNC". The Daily Tar Heel. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ Zempolich, Alex (February 28, 2011). "Conference builds skills for US-China understanding". The Chronicle. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Duke in China". The Academic Council of Duke University. Archived from the original on April 5, 2013. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ Carroll, Lauren (March 19, 2012). "DKU programs now to begin Fall 2013". The Chronicle. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ Mo, Shucao (November 30, 2011). "Duke-UNC partnership funds 10 joint projects". The Chronicle. Retrieved March 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Duke - UNC China Leadership Summit" (PDF). The Asian/Pacific Studies Institute (8): 7. 2011-12.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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