A loosely organized world-wide professional community, the Global Forum of Chinese Political Scientists was founded in 1999 in response to the greater need for understanding of the rise of China. Its establishment was a manifestation of scholarly achievements by Chinese political scientists around the globe. The inaugural conference was held in September, 1999, in the Washington, DC area at the campus of the University of Maryland. More than forty Chinese scholars, primarily political scientists, attended this conference. From 1999 to 2012, the Global Forum has sponsored dozens of academic conferences, workshops, and other programs. Participants came from the Chinese Mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The Forum is also one of the affiliated organizations sponsoring panels for the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association (formerly known as “Conference Group on China Studies”).
The mission of the Global Forum is threefold:
- To strengthen the field of political science and China studies within the Chinese communities including the Chinese Mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong and those in the US, Japan, Southeast Asia, Europe, and other regions.
- To utilize the knowledge of political science and apply it to the reality of greater China and China’s relations with the external world.
- To establish and strengthen professional networks throughout the world.
From 1999 to 2012, the Global Forum has sponsored dozens of academic activities including conferences, workshops, and other programs. Participants came from the Chinese Mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The Global Forum has worked closely with a number of academic institutions throughout the world. The most recent examples through 2012 include: the Center for Asian Studies at American University, The Graduate Program in International Studies at Old Dominion University, the Institute of China Studies at Waseda University, and the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Hong Kong University.
The Forum is also one of the affiliated organizations sponsoring panels for the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association (formerly known as “Conference Group on China Studies”).
Policy Research and Consulting
In addition to regular academic research, the global forum has conducted extensive research around crucial policy issues and played consulting functions. Each year, the Forum organizes a group of overseas scholars to visit Beijing and other critical destinations to have policy discussions and dialogues with related Chinese government agencies, such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Taiwan Affairs Office and the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council.
The Forum conducts academic exchanges and policy discussions with major think tanks and universities such as the China Reform Group, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Peking University, Tsinghua University and Fudan University, among others.
The Forum also organizes policy research groups and projects. Each project has between 6-15 members. There are two examples:
Chinese foreign policy research and consulting group. Coordinator: Zhao Quansheng (American University)
Japanese Foreign Policy Research Group. Coordinators: Zhao Quansheng (American University), Liu Jie (Waseda University), and Liu Jiangyong (Tsinghua University)