China Town Hall is a national day of programming on China involving 70 cities throughout the United States presenting a discussion via webcast with Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State
Robert D. Griffiths
Recently retired as a Senior U.S. Foreign Service Officer, rank of Minister Counselor, Mr. Griffiths is currently an instructor in Chinese politics at the University of Utah. He previously taught economics and Chinese studies at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. As part of his 34-year career with the State Department, he lived and worked in greater China for 14 years, most recently as U.S. Consul General in Shanghai (2011-14). Previous postings abroad included Beijing, Bangkok, Taipei, Kaohsiung, and Bogota. He served in the U.S. Senate for a year as foreign policy advisor to Harry Reid, (D-NV), and worked in the Asia Policy shop of the Secretary of Defense. He has a B.A. in Asian Studies (summa cum laude) from BYU, and a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. He has spoken frequently at universities in the U.S., China and Thailand, and been interviewed on National Public Radio and other programs both in the U.S. and abroad. He has lived in or visited 35 countries on every continent and speaks Chinese and Thai. He is married to Jeanne Decker Griffiths and they have three grown children.
Dinner fees; Member $35, Guests $40.