For Immediate Release: October 22, 2001
Contact: Julie Shaw, 202-939-2211


Carnegie Endowment Launches China Program
Mathews Announces New Staff, Initiatives in Beijing, Shanghai

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has launched a new China Program, announced Jessica Mathews, president. The Program expands current research on political reform to include work on security studies and rule of law. New senior associate Michael Swaine will conduct security research and codirect the program with senior associate Minxin Pei. Law professor Veron Mei-Ying Hung also joins the Endowment as an associate to concentrate on rule-of-law reform. Research will be conducted through new partnerships with Beijing?s Central Party School and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.

"China is experiencing enormous internal tension with fast-paced economic reform, a changing political landscape, and continued emphasis on military strength. The West needs to better understand these dynamics, and through this initiative, the Carnegie Endowment will take a leadership role to provide new insight and policy analysis on the region," said Mathews. Mathews and Board Chairman William H. Donaldson will lead a Carnegie delegation to China in late October.

New Staff Enhances China Expertise

Carnegie trustee Jerome A. Cohen, a leading China expert, offers strategic guidance to the new program. A partner at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, Cohen worked for many years in China, has published several volumes on Chinese law, and represents scholars detained in China.

Michael Swaine comes to the Carnegie Endowment after 12 years at the RAND Corporation. He specializes in Chinese security and foreign policy, U.S.-China relations, and East Asian international relations. One of the most prominent U.S. analysts in Chinese security studies, he is the author of more than ten monographs on security policy in the region.

At RAND, he was a senior political scientist in International Studies and also research director of the RAND Center for Asia-Pacific Policy. He was the first recipient of the RAND Center for Asia-Pacific Policy Chair in Northeast Asian Security, in recognition of the exceptional contributions he has made in his field.

Prior to joining RAND in 1989, Swaine was a consultant with a private sector firm; a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Chinese Studies, University of California at Berkeley; and a research associate at Harvard University. He attended the Taipei and Tokyo Inter-University Centers for Language Study and speaks Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. He received his master?s degree and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

In academia and the private sector, Veron Hung has studied judicial reform in China, constitutional developments in Hong Kong, human rights in Cambodia, and trade with China. Currently based in Hong Kong, she will be moving to Washington, DC. She has been admitted as a barrister in England, Wales, and Hong Kong and is a member of the New York Bar and District of Columbia Bar. She worked with Freshfields LLP in Beijing and Hong Kong, as well as the U.S. law firm O?Melveny and Myers in Los Angeles. Hung conducted seminars at the People?s University in Beijing and was assistant professor of law at the City University of Hong Kong. She was also a legal associate for Asia at the International Human Rights Law Group.

Hung has been a consultant for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to advise the office on implementing human rights technical cooperation programs in China. She speaks Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese. Her degrees include an LL.B., Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong; LL.M., Washington College of Law, American University; and J.S.M. and J.S.D., Stanford University School of Law

Partnerships in China

The Endowment has signed an agreement with the Institute of Strategic Studies of the Central Party School in Beijing (IIS) to undertake a three-year project on China?s WTO entry and its impact on Chinese domestic and foreign policies. This arrangement will enable Carnegie to organize a series of seminars in Beijing featuring leading Western scholars in the fields of international relations, comparative politics and political economy. Eminent Chinese scholars, legal experts, and officials will also be invited to Carnegie to give seminars on political and economic developments inside China. Additionally, Carnegie and ISS will conduct joint research focusing on China?s membership in the WTO and its effects on Chinese society, politics, and economy. The two sides have recently finished the first stage of a research project on the impact of the information revolution on government behavior in China. The seminars and collaborative research efforts will help build an intellectual bridge between members of the Chinese academic and policy community and their American colleagues.

The Endowment has also established a cooperative program with the Institute of Law at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS) to conduct a series of case studies on the progress of legal reform. This three-year program will examine the growth of the professional legal community, the adjudicative processes, and administration of the courts. Carnegie and SASS will disseminate their research products through seminars in Shanghai and Washington and scholarly publications in Chinese and English.

About the Carnegie Endowment

Founded in 1910, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing cooperation among nations and promoting active international engagement by the United States. The Endowment?s research projects are grouped in three areas, the Global Policy Program, the Russian and Eurasian Program, and the China Program. The Carnegie Endowment publishes Foreign Policy magazine. Visit for more information on programs, staff, and publications.