Identifying a Strategy: The U.S.-China Military Relationship

Speaker Biographies

Representative J. Randy Forbes, elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2001, serves on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) as Chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee and as a member of the Readiness Subcommittee. Congressman Forbes is a leading voice in Congress on defense and national security related issues. In addition to his role on HASC, Representative Forbes is also a member of the Committee on the Judiciary, as well as the Congressional China Caucus, among others. Before coming to Congress, he was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, Virginia State Senate, and Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia.

Carolyn Bartholomew serves on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, and has previously served as the body’s chairman and vice chairman. She has worked at senior levels in the U.S. Congress, serving as counsel, legislative director, and chief of staff to now House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.  She was a professional staff member on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and also served as a legislative assistant to then U.S. Representative Bill Richardson.  She has particular expertise in U.S.-China relations, including issues related to trade, human rights, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.  She led efforts in the establishment and funding of global AIDS programs and the promotion of human rights and democratization in countries around the world.   In addition to U.S.-China relations, her areas of expertise include terrorism, trade, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, human rights, U.S. foreign assistance programs, and international environmental issues.  She is a consultant to non-profit organizations and also serves on the board of directors of the Kaiser Aluminum Corporation and the nonprofit organization Asia Catalyst.  She received degrees from the University of Minnesota, Duke University, and Georgetown University Law Center, and is a member of the State Bar of California.

Senator Jim Talent is a member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), and the director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies’ National Security 2020 Project.  As the leader of a team of AEI defense experts, Senator Talent is working on the formulation and promulgation of a new paradigm for defense policy, planning, and budgeting.  Senator Talent has been active in public policy for the past 30 years, including representing Missouri in both the US Senate and US House of Representatives.  While serving in the US Senate, he was a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and chairman of the Subcommittee on Seapower for four years.  Always interested in America’s strategic objectives and in the demands on the United States military, Senator Talent formed a special congressional panel to address the decline in military readiness in his freshman year in the US House.  In addition to his focus on national security, Senator Talent also was a leading voice on welfare issues throughout his congressional career.  As a freshman member in the House, he introduced the Real Welfare Reform Act of 1994, which became the basis for the bipartisan reforms enacted as the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996.  As a senator, he introduced the Compassion and Personal Responsibility Act of 2003 to build on the success of the 1996 welfare reform package.  Senator Talent has a B.A. from the Washington University in St. Louis and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Christopher J. Griffin joined the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) as executive director in January 2013.  Previously, he served as legislative director to Senator Joseph I. Lieberman (ID-CT), advising the senator on the full range of legislative proposals and key votes.  Between 2008 and 2011, he was Senator Lieberman's military legislative assistant, in which capacity he developed the senator's legislative agenda as a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and chairman of its Airland Subcommittee.  Prior to joining Senator Lieberman's staff, Mr. Griffin was a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy (2005-2008), where he focused on U.S. foreign and defense policy toward the Asia-Pacific.  During his time at AEI, Mr. Griffin was also a contributing editor to the Armed Forces Journal, writing feature articles on international defense industrial cooperation and a monthly column titled the "Blogs of War."  Mr. Griffin's writings have been published in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times.

Mission Statement

The Foreign Policy Initiative seeks to promote an active U.S. foreign policy committed to robust support for democratic allies, human rights, a strong American military equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century, and strengthening America’s global economic competitiveness.
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