In recognition of the rising importance of vaccine diplomacy in the current climate, the San Diego Diplomacy Council is proud to offer a unique discussion with Dr. Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations and professor and the director for global health studies at Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations. This event will take place on Zoom at 11 AM PST on May 18th, 2021 as part of our E-Talk About series.
Vaccine diplomacy is among the most important foreign policy tools for countries seeking to shape their post-COVID international standings. Major powers including the People’s Republic of China, India, Russia, and the United States have emerged as contenders in this quest. How do these countries differ in their motivations, patterns, and successes in vaccine diplomacy? Will their efforts encourage equitable global vaccine access or merely result in geopolitical frictions?
Dr. Huang is the founding editor of Global Health Governance: The Scholarly Journal for the New Health Security Paradigm. He has written extensively on China and global health in outlets including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the New York Times, and theWashington Post. In 2006, he coauthored the first scholarly article that systematically examined China’s soft power. He is the author of Toxic Politics: China’s Environmental Health Crisis and its Challenge to the Chinese State (Cambridge 2020) and Governing Health in Contemporary China (Routledge 2013). He has testified before congressional committees many times and is regularly consulted by major media outlets, the private sector, and governmental and non-governmental organizations on global health issues and China. He is an expert adviser of the CSIS Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security, where he chairs the China task force. In 2012, he was listed by InsideJersey magazine as one of the “20 Brainiest People in New Jersey.”
The San Diego Diplomacy Council is honored to host Dr. Yanzhong Huang to discuss these important issues.