November 23

Prof. Victoria Tin-bor Hui

Hong Kong: The Future of “One Country, Two Systems”

Member-only Briefing

Monday, November 23, 2020 | 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM ET

Since Xi Jinping came to power, Hong Kong’s independence from China quickly waned. In 2019, the Hong Kong protests was considered the most serious challenge to China’s authority since the Tiananmen Square protests and subsequent massacre. However, in 2020, as Coronavirus keeps the West at bay, China has taken several actions to tame Hong Kong with a new national security law which has effectively abrogated the “one country, two systems.” Learn from and discuss with Victoria Tin-bor Hui, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame, what is happening in Hong Kong right now under the new law, and what will the future hold for this international financial hub.


Prof. Victoria Tin-bor Hui

Victoria Tin-bor Hui received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University and her B.SSc. in Journalism from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Hui’s core research examines the centrality of war in the formation and transformation of “China” in the long span of history. She is the author of War and State Formation in Ancient China and Early Modern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2005). She has also published “Toward a Dynamic Theory of International Politics” in International Organization, “Testing Balance of Power Theory in World History” in the European Journal of International Relations, “The Emergence and Demise of Nascent Constitutional Rights” in The Journal of Political Philosophy, “Building Castles in the Sand” in the Chinese Journal of International Politics, “History and Thought in China’s Traditions” in the Journal of Chinese Political Science, and book chapters “How Tilly’s Warfare Paradigm Is Revolutionizing the Study of Chinese State-Making,” “Cultural Diversity and Coercive Cultural Homogenization in Chinese History,” “The China Dream: Revival of What Historical Greatness?”, “Confucian Pacifism or Confucian Confusion?”, “The Triumph of Domination in the Ancient Chinese System” and “Problematizing Sovereignty.”
Hui also studies contentious politics. As a native from Hong Kong, she has written “Will China Crush the Protests in Hong Kong? Why Beijing Doesn’t Need to Send in the Troops” in Foreign Affairs and “Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement: The Protest and Beyond” in the Journal of Democracy. She also maintains a blog on Hong Kong She has extensively commented on Hong Kong politics in the media including the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, ChinaFile, ABC, the BBC, the New York Times, the Guardian, Bloomberg, Sky News, NPR, Vox, and the Christian Science Monitor.





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