China's spectacular economic growth over the past two decades has dramatically depleted the country's natural resources and produced skyrocketing levels of pollution. Environmental degradation in China has also contributed to significant public health problems, mass migration, economic loss, and social unrest. In The River Runs Black Elizabeth C. Economy, the C.V. Starr senior fellow and director of Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, examines China's growing environmental crisis and its implications for the country's future economic development. While her stark conclusion is that China's environmental problems, if neglected, could become the country's most important challenge, she nonetheless expresses optimism for the possibility of genuine political reform.

Books will be available for purchase during the event and reception.

This event will be held in the 6th Floor Auditorium of the Woodrow Wilson Center on Tuesday, 11 May 2004, 4:00-5:00 p.m., and will be followed by a reception. Click here for directions.

No RSVPs are necessary, but please direct questions to Jennifer Turner at or phone: 202-691-4233.