Deadline Extended to June 16

The Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, U.S. Department of State, together with the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, in the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University, announce a joint scholarly conference to be held September 25-27, 2006 on U.S. relations with the People's Republic of China, 1969-1980. The conference will take place in Washington, DC, and begin on the afternoon of September 25 with an invited keynote presentation on U.S.-Chinese relations prior to the events of 1949. The conference will continue with scholarly sessions on September 26 and 27 that complement the forthcoming release of Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1972, volume XVII, China, and highlight recent work by the Institute.

The Program Committee invites proposals for original papers dealing with all aspects of U.S.-Chinese diplomatic relations from 1969-1980, particularly those drawing on recently opened archival collections. Possible themes include, but are not limited to:

* Negotiations culminating in the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the U.S. and the People's Republic

* Geopolitical and strategic implications of the new U.S. relationship with the People's Republic, in terms of their bilateral relations, the Cold War, or relations with other states in the region

* The development of triangular diplomacy among the United States, China, and the Soviet Union during the Nixon, Ford, and Carter Administrations

* Questions of economic development and cultural exchange

* Multilateral diplomacy

The Program Committee may group panels loosely by historical period (1969-1973; 1974-1980) or by theme, and potential contributors may wish to focus their topics accordingly. Paper proposals (abstract and c.v.) should be sent, via e-mail or fax, before June 16, 2006 to:

Dr. Amy Garrett, Program Committee Chair
Office of the Historian
U.S. Department of State
e-mail: garrettac [at] state [dot] gov
fax: 202-663-1289
tel: 202-663-3415