conferences and topics (2024)

Universidad Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona)

As we navigate the evolving dynamics between two global powerhouses, the question looming large is whether the current landscape marks the beginning of a new Cold War, reshaping the global order. Formerly characterized by cooperation and economic interdependence, the U.S.-China relationship has taken a competitive turn. Trade disputes, technological rivalries, and ideological differences have cast a shadow over this once optimistic partnership. We invite you to watch our insightful conference on “U.S. – China Relations: Is It a New Cold War?”


Robert Daly
Director, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States. Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.

Before coming to the Wilson Center, Robert Daly directed the University of Maryland China Initiative and served as American Director of the Hopkins – Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies. He began work in U.S.-China relations as Cultural Exchanges Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing in the late 80s. After leaving the Foreign Service, he taught Chinese at Cornell, worked on television and theater projects in China as a host, actor (北京人在纽约), and writer, and helped produce a Chinese-language version of Sesame Street. He is a director of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and American Mandarin Society and a member of the Task Force on U.S. China Policy. Mr. Daly’s analysis is featured regularly on NPR, C-Span, CNN, and the Voice of America. He has interpreted for Chinese leaders, including Jiang Zemin, and American leaders, including President Carter.

Josep Ibáñez
Professor of International Relations at Universidad Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain).

International Relations professor at the Department of Law since 2012 and a member of the Research Group on International Public Law and International Relations. He earned a PhD in Law from UPF in 2003 and has a diverse educational background, including a Master’s in political science, BAs in Political and Social Sciences and Modern Languages, and a Licence en Langues Étrangères Appliquées. His teaching spans various universities globally, and he has engaged in extensive research on non-state actors, information and communication technologies, global governance, and foreign policy analysis. He has contributed to multiple publications and research projects. Apart from academia, he has undertaken consulting activities, served in various academic roles, and participated in international forums such as the Internet Governance Forum. Additionally, he holds positions like Academic Director of International Programs at UPF and has received prestigious fellowships, including Fulbright, U.S. Department of State, and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.