conferences and topics (2024)

Universidad de Zaragoza

The relationship between the United States and China is a complex interplay of cooperation, competition, and strategic rivalry. As the world’s two largest economies, their interactions wield immense influence on global politics and economics. Amidst economic interdependence, geopolitical tensions, and ideological differences, both nations navigate a delicate balance in their bilateral relations. Issues ranging from trade disputes to technological competition and human rights concerns shape the dynamics of their engagement. Understanding the nuances of U.S.-China relations is crucial in deciphering the future trajectory of international affairs, as these two powers continue to shape the global landscape.


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.

Natividad Fernández-Sola
Professor of International Law and International Relations at Universidad de Zaragoza.

Professor Fernández is a distinguished scholar in Public International Law and International Relations, with a career spanning over three decades. Currently serving as a tenured Professor at the University of Zaragoza since April 1992, she has been instrumental in shaping the academic discourse in Spain. Her expertise extends globally, having held prestigious positions such as the Príncipe de Asturias Chair at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service from August 2017 to July 2020. She also contributed significantly as a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia, from February 2012 to July 2014. Her dedication to advancing knowledge in strategic and security affairs was evident during her tenure as Coordinator at the Spanish Ministry of Defence’s Strategic and Security Affairs Division from July 2009 to August 2011. Professor Fernandez also holds a diploma from the European Security and Defence College, underscoring her commitment to excellence in her field.