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Rich and Poor, Young and Old: Demographic Challenges to China's Rise

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Dr. Albert S. Willner
Director of the China Security Affairs Group, CNA China Studies Division
Dr. Albert S. Willner is the Director of the China Security Affairs Group, CNA China Studies Division, where he oversees a premier analytical team researching Chinese security issues of interest to senior U.S. government policy makers, military commanders and staff.
A retired U.S. Army colonel, from 2005-2007, he served as the U.S. Defense Attaché equivalent in Taiwan representing Department of Defense interests and supporting U.S. Pacific Command regional security initiatives.  As an Army aviator and China Foreign Area Officer, he served in multiple rotary wing command and staff positions, as an Asia-Pacific strategic planner, and as a foreign military analyst. 
From 2000-2004, Dr. Willner served in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point as the Director, International Relations and National Security Studies, Deputy Head and taught international relations, American politics, U.S. foreign policy, and Chinese politics and government. Following his retirement from the U.S. Army, from 2007-2009, he was the Associate Dean, School of Liberal Arts, at Georgia Gwinnett College, before assuming his current position.
Dr. Willner graduated from James Madison University in 1981 and is a graduate of the Chinese People's Liberation Army National Defense University's International Symposium Course in Beijing and the British Ministry of Defense Language School in Hong Kong, where he studied Mandarin. He is co-editor of China's Nuclear Future (Lynne Rienner, 2006) and the author or co-author of numerous papers.
His research interests include Chinese foreign and security policy, East Asian land power, Chinese maritime strategy, and U.S.-China relations. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia.


Dr. Angel Hsu
Director of the Environmental Performance Measurement Program at the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy
Angel Hsu is Director of the Environmental Performance Measurement Program at the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy.  She is also a Post-doctoral Associate in the Urbanization and Global Change Research Group at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her research agenda lies at the intersection of science and policy, applying an interdisciplinary approach to understanding how data and quantitative methods can aid in policy learning and decision-making for the environment.  Prior to Yale, Angel was a Research Analyst at the World Resources Institute (WRI), a non-profit environmental thinktank in Washington, D.C., where she developed corporate greenhouse gas accounting and reporting initiatives in developing countries, including Mexico, Brazil, India, the Philippines, and China, where she managed and led WRI’s efforts.  She has written in and been cited by major media outlets, including The Economist, The Atlantic, and The Guardian and has provided expert testimony for the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.  For the 2010-2011 year, she was a Fulbright Scholar based at Tsinghua University in China.  Angel has also been an invited keynote speaker at many national and international conferences on topics of environmental performance, indicators, and China’s environment.  She holds a PhD in Forestry and Environmental Studies from Yale University, an M Phil in Environmental Policy from the University of Cambridge, and a BS in Biology and BA in Political Science from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC.