Apply to the 2023 Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit!

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Are you passionate about global affairs and interested in engaging with dedicated individuals from around the country and the world? Apply to be a delegate at the 2023 Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit (CLS) on March 24-26,  2023! Co-hosted by Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CLS is the South’s premier student academic conference on US-China relations, bringing together 100 of the most promising students and young professionals from across China and the U.S. who are interested in deepening their understanding of China and creating a more productive relationship between the U.S. and China.

We welcome all past delegates and newcomers to register to attend the 13th Annual Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit. This year’s summit will be in-person in Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina!

In recent years, the trend of deglobalization has built up barriers between countries and among people. We’ve witnessed a withdrawal from global interdependence in numerous ways: regional wars, border conflicts, increased tariffs, export restrictions, capital controls, anti-immigration, cultural protectionism, etc. The COVID-19 pandemic has only further exacerbated the trend of deglobalization. China and the U.S., two mutually globalizing influences, are shifting their strategies in this new world. Their interaction will not only influence the life of Chinese and American people but also the trajectory of international politics. In a less flat world, we look into the future with the hope of predicting crises, mitigating uncertainties, and redefining existing commonalities.

How do we define U.S.-China relations for the next decade? Will the two countries strengthen their economic interdependence? Will China reopen its borders? And what impacts will it bring to the world? How can a systematic study of history contribute to our predictions of future trends? How are individuals and the civil society shaping the U.S.-China relations? We will explore these questions at the summit: Unwrapping Uncertainties: U.S.-China Relations in A Less Flat World.

All majors are welcome, but students interested in Economics, International politics, and Sino-US relations are strongly encouraged to apply. To apply, simply register at the FORM link below or visit our website at The deadline is February 24 at 11:59PM ET. Successful applicants will receive more detailed information about the event venue and speakers.

Please direct any questions to [email protected].

We look forward to meeting you in North Carolina!

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