China’s new leaders are facing grave challenges, both at home and abroad: a new phase of slower economic growth, an increasingly restive, demanding public, and an unceasing dispute with Japan. Will these threats drive China to extreme responses? Or will China chart a new course through reform? Alexandra Harney will answer these questions and more, as she offers a view on China – where it is today, and where it is headed tomorrow.
International affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry
Alexandra Harney is an international affairs fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations based in Tokyo (外交問題評議会日立フェロー) at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI: 経済産業研究所).
She is the author of The China Price: The True Cost of Chinese Competitive Advantage (Penguin Press, 2008) and a respected voice on socio-economic issues in China and Japan.
The China Price, which drew on two years of undercover reporting, examines the human and environmental cost of China’s success as the world’s factory through the stories of ordinary Chinese. The book, published in six languages and optioned for adaptation to film and television, was named a best book of the year on globalization by Library Journal.
A frequent speaker on economic issues in China, Alexandra spent seven years as a correspondent and editor at The Financial Times, covering China and Japan. She has also written for the Atlantic, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time, Forbes, Slate, the China Economic Quarterly and Foreign Policy.
Until this past summer, Alexandra was a Blakemore fellow at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where she studied advanced and classical Chinese. Alexandra is the co-founder of Visibility Media, which conducts research for investors and institutions about economic, business and social issues in Asia. She is a regular commentator in the media, including the BBC, NPR and Japanese television.
Alexandra has testified before the U.S. Congress about China’s role in the global financial crisis. She has worked as an aide to Japanese politician Nakatani Gen, studied Japanese security policy at Tokyo University’s graduate school on a Monbushio fellowship, and interpreted for former Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi. She was named an Asia Society Asia 21 fellow. In 2010, the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong named her its Young Achiever of the Year.
Alexandra is an associate fellow at the Asia Society. She sits on the Internationalization Advisory Board at the University of Central Florida’s Center for Global Perspectives. She is also a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Alexandra, who is in Japan on a CFR-Hitachi fellowship, graduated cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University with a degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She is a native of Chevy Chase, Maryland.