China’s Long March to Market Authoritarianism

Deep Dives: China 2023 Discussion Group

China’s Long March to Market Authoritarianism

You are invited to join us for our first Deep Dives: China 2023 Discussion Group on Wednesday, April 5th from 6 PM to 7:30 PM ET to engage with intellectually curious participants from all around the world. Please note that this Discussion Group is exclusive for Deep Dives: China exclusive participants and Network 20/20’s members.

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  • To access carefully curated materials on an overview of China’s economic, political, and social background conditions.

  • To receive additional reading, viewing, and listening materials one week before each webinar to engage more meaningfully in our discussions.

  • To engage with intellectually curious participants from all around the world in two discussion groups.

  • To receive a one-year virtual membership to Network 20/20’s briefings on international affairs.


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    SPEAKER: Scott McDonald

    Scott McDonald is a Visiting Lecturer at Wellesley College; Non-resident Research Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) and Ph.D. Candidate at The Fletcher School of Tufts University. A retired US Marine Corps officer, his final active-duty position was Military Professor at APCSS, where he taught Chinese philosophy and strategic thought, East Asian security dynamics, national strategy, cross-cultural communication, and strategic foresight. He also led APCSS’ first multilateral workshop in Taiwan. Originally a tank officer, the Marine Corps trained Mr. McDonald as China Foreign Area Officer (FAO). In this role he studied in Beijing, served as Marine Attaché in Australia and Taiwan, established the Regional Engagement Branch at III Marine Expeditionary Force, and served as a Strategic Analyst in the Commandant’s Strategic Initiatives Group. His publications include The Future of the United States-Australia Alliance, with Andrew T.H. Tan (London: Routledge, 2021); China’s Global Influence: Perspectives and Recommendations, with Michael C. Burgoyne (Honolulu: APCSS, 2019) and “Phase Zero: How China Exploits It, Why the US Does Not,” with Brock Jones and Jason M. Frazee, Naval War College Review 65, no 3 (Summer 2012): 123-135. Mr. McDonald earned a B.A. in International Relations from The George Washington University, an M.A. in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School and completed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Seminar XXI Program for national security leaders.

    Structure of the Discussion Groups
    Each session of the Deep Dives Discussion Groups is designed to foster rigorous discussion as well as to create an opportunity to meet and engage with other curious individuals. Prior to each session, participants will receive suggested reading/viewing materials about the topic.

    Discussion Leader
    Each breakout room will have one Discussion Leader to keep the conversation moving and to ensure everyone has a chance to speak. Discussion Leaders do not have to be experts in the topic of that session, but rather curious individuals who can encourage a meaningful conversation by ensuring that everyone who wishes has a chance to speak and by prompting conversation if needed.

    Discussion Groups Etiquette
    Network 20/20’s Deep Dives Discussion Groups will follow the Chatham House Rules. This rule is designed to encourage an open and trusting environment for conversation during the session. Following the discussion, feel free to share the points raised in the Discussion Groups with others, but please keep the identity of the commenters anonymous.

    “When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.”

    In order to foster engaging discussions, please be mindful of the amount of time you speak in each group. We seek to create a welcoming environment for all our participants, therefore we encourage you to allow time for every member of your group to speak. Discussion leaders have the authority to limit your speaking intervals to 3 minutes each.

    Please remember to be conscientious and respectful of those around you, as we all work together to create a safe, virtual space built upon the principles of mutual respect, inclusivity, diversity, and zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind.

    Some Zoom Etiquette Tips

  • Please mute yourself when you are not speaking to reduce distracting background and feedback noise.
  • Check to make sure your audio is on while speaking.​
  • Please don’t forget to turn your Zoom video on in order to demonstrate your participation and foster a collaborative, interactive environment for discussion.
  • Avoid profanity, vulgar language, and hate speech.
  • If you are uncertain whether something you intend to say will cause offense, it is better not to say it.
  • We want everyone in our community to feel comfortable and safe in presenting their unique views; therefore, we do not tolerate harmful language.
  • In order to facilitate a polite conversation, please refrain from cutting off other participants when they are speaking and/or using aggressive language if you find yourself in disagreement. ​

    Register for Deep Dives: China 2023 Discussion Group



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