Meet our Next Speaker

Dean Cheng

Monday, August 25

Topic: Asia: The Three Nots

ChengDean Cheng brings detailed knowledge of China’s military and space capabilities to bear as The Heritage Foundation’s research fellow on Chinese political and security affairs.  He specializes in China’s military and foreign policy, in particular its relationship with the rest of Asia and with the United States.  Cheng has written extensively on China’s military doctrine, technological implications of its space program and “dual use” issues associated with the communist nation’s industrial and scientific infrastructure.

He previously worked for 13 years as a senior analyst, first with Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), the Fortune 500 specialist in defense and homeland security, and then with the China Studies division of the Center for Naval Analyses, the federally funded research institute.  Before entering the private sector, Cheng studied China’s defense-industrial complex for a congressional agency, the Office of Technology Assessment, as an analyst in the International Security and Space Program.

Cheng has appeared on public affairs shows such as John McLaughlin’s One on One and programs on National Public Radio, CNN International, BBC World Service and International Television News (ITN). He has been interviewed by or provided commentary for publications such as Time magazine, The Washington PostFinancial TimesBloomberg NewsJane’s Defense Weekly, South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo and Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post.
Cheng has spoken at the National Space Symposium, National Defense University, the Air Force Academy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies.

Cheng earned a bachelor’s degree in politics from Princeton University in 1986 and studied for a doctorate at MIT. He and his wife reside in Vienna, Va.

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Upcoming Speakers

  • Monday, August 25
    Dean Cheng
    Topic: Asia: The Three Nots
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    Rania Abouzeid
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    Jim Hightower
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    Shibley Telhami
    Topic: The Middle East and (What's Left of) Syria
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Mearsheimer on Ukraine

Posted on Friday August 8

Professor Mearsheimer (our July speaker) had a recent New York Times op-ed piece about Ukraine.  Take a look by clicking here: “Getting Ukraine Wrong” by John Mearsheimer.

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Rania Abouzeid on the Mess in Iraq

Posted on Friday July 11

Read what Rania Abouzeid (our coming September  speaker) has to say in her June Politico article:  “The Jihad Next Door: The Syrian roots of Iraq’s newest civil war”

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Review of Stephen Kinzer’s book, The Brothers

Posted on Tuesday December 17

Adam LaBor reviewed the new book by our May, 2014 speaker, Stephen Kinzer.  The book is titled, THE BROTHERS: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War. Anyone wanting to know why the United States is hated across much of the world need look no farther than this book. The review appeared in the November [...]

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Membership Application

Posted on Saturday March 9

A membership application is now online as a PDF.

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The “It’s Not About China” Speech

Posted on Thursday February 7

During February’s Forum talk, Michael Pillsbury made frequent reference to a speech by Deputy Secretary of State Ash Carter that set out the official slant on the US’s rebalancing posture.  As he pointed out, the speech says at several instances that the new policy is “not about China,” in spite of the fact that it [...]

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Stephen Walt on His Forum Experience

Posted on Thursday August 9

We often write about our speakers after they appear at the Forum, but Steve Walt is the first one to write about us after speaking.  Click here for his latest Foreign Policy article.

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