Anne-Marie Slaughter on Engaging Chinese Youth
Anne-Marie Slaughter, is the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. She is presently on leave, serving as Director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State. She was Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University from 2002-2009.
Slaughter came to the Wilson School from Harvard Law School where she was the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law and Director of the International Legal Studies Program. She is also the former President of the American Society of International Law, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has served on the board of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Drawing from this rich interdisciplinary expertise, Slaughter has written and taught broadly on global governance, international criminal law, and American foreign policy. Her most recent book is The Idea that Is America: Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World, published in 2007 by Basic Books. She is also the author of A New World Order, in which she identified transnational networks of government officials as an increasingly important component of global governance. Slaughter has been a frequent commentator on foreign affairs in newspapers, radio, and television. She was also the convener and academic co-chair of the Princeton Project on National Security, a multi-year research project aimed at developing a new, bipartisan national security strategy for the United States, and was a member of the National War Powers Commission.
Slaughter: So, right now, there are countless Chinese students who have gotten money from the government or think they’ve gotten money from the government or from other foundations who send e-mails to places like Princeton and Harvard and NYU and colleges all over the US and say, I want to come study with you, and, generally, we are not prepared. They are many, many, many, there are hundreds of millions of them and, you know, we are educating our own students. We do need to increase exchange programs, but I actually think we need a much bolder approach, and that should be one that really uses the web. The possibilities for video conferencing, for joint teaching, for holding conferences and seminars where we don’t actually have to go there or bring them here, but we are, in fact, engaging with Chinese across the country, not just in the big cities, is quite possible. Corporations do it all the time. We have not thought imaginatively about how we harness our educational institutions, but also our cultural institutions and our youth groups to actually reach out and make those connections, and maybe they start with the trip, but then they continue to, everything from chatrooms to video conferences to whatever the web can offer, which is a tremendous amount, and I think we need to engage them that way, and in social networking, in various ways.
Anne-Marie Slaughter talks about how to use the Internet for international networking.
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