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Charles Horner

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Charles Horner  is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute. He is a China scholar and the author of Rising China and Its Postmodern Fate, Volume I: Memories of Empire in a New Global Context (2009) and Volume II: Grandeur and Peril in the Next World Order (2015). He has also written A China Scholar’s Long March: Writings, 1978-2015 (2018). In addition, Horner has also been a contributor to periodicals, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Commentary, The National Interest, The American Interest, the Naval War College Review, and the Claremont Review of Books.

Horner served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and as Associate Director of the U.S. Information Agency during the administrations of President Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. His earlier service in government was as Staff Assistant to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson (D.-Wash.) and as Senior Legislative Assistant for Foreign Affairs and National Security Policy to the late Senator Daniel P. Moynihan (D.-NY).  He is a recipient of the Department of State’s Superior Honor Award.

Horner began his study of China at the University of Pennsylvania and, later, he was a graduate student at the University of Chicago, National Taiwan University, and Tokyo University. He was Adjunct Professor in Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and also an associate of its Landegger Program in International Business.

By appointment of President George H.W. Bush, he has been a member of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and President George W. Bush appointed him to the Board of Directors of the U.S. Institute of Peace. Horner has also been a member of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy, the Secretary of Commerce’s Advisory Committee on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Voice of America Advisory Committee, and the Advisory Board of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

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China's Road Through Pakistan November 18th Event

Winning Asia: Why is the United States Struggling? November 20th Event

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Charles Horner is quoted in Wall Street Journal on President Xi’s global imperial vision.

John Lee and Charles Horner quoted in Taipei Times on territorial disputes in the East and South China seas