[PAST EVENT] Fractious Federations: Why China's Provinces and India's States Matter

November 30, 2012
Sadler Center, Tidewater A
200 Stadium Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
One third of humanity is governed from two capitals, Beijing and New Delhi, yet few in the West think about what it takes to govern China's 1.3 and India's 1.2 billion people. China's and India's biggest states contain about half their population, yet few here could name more than two or three of these places, let alone who governs them and what they care about.

Dr. Antholis spent five months this year traveling in these states with his family, looking to answer three questions: How do Indian states and Chinese provinces work? How do they blend local and national values systems? How do they view some major global issues? His address attempts to answer these questions, and more importantly, explain why we in the West should care.

William J. Antholis serves as the Managing Director of The Brookings Institution. In that capacity, he works directly with Brookings' President and Vice Presidents to help manage the full range of policy studies, develop new initiatives, coordinate research across programs, strengthen the policy impact of Brookings research and ensure the quality and independence of that research.

Dr. Antholis is also a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, where his work focuses on the politics and institutions of international diplomacy. Along with Brookings President Strobe Talbott, he is the author of Fast Forward: Ethics and Politics in the Age of Global Warming (Brookings Press, 2010). He has published articles, book chapters and opinion pieces on U.S. politics, U.S. foreign policy, international organizations, the G8, climate change and trade. He leads the Brookings effort "How We're Doing: A Composite Index of Global and National Trends," and co-led the Institution's Opportunity 08 project.

Sponsored by the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations, the Reves Center for International Studies, the Roy R. Charles Center and the W&M Washington Office.

This lecture is free and open to the public.