Wednesday, August 28, 2013

New Head at Wilson Center's Kissinger Institute

The Wilson Center announced this week the Robert Daly has been appointed to head the think tank's Kissinger Institute on China and the United States.  Mr. Daly is the new Director effective August 26, 2013.

Amb. J. Stapleton Roy, the Founding Director of the Institute will still remain with the Wilson Center as a Distinguished Scholar on US-China relations and Senior Advisor to the Kissinger Institute.

Here is more about Mr. Daly from a Wilson Center press release:
Before coming to the Wilson Center, Daly was director of the Maryland China Initiative at the University of Maryland, a position he held since 2007. From 2001 to 2007 he was American Director of the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies, in Nanjing, China. He began work in U.S.-China relations as a diplomat with the United States Information Agency from 1989 to 1991, after which he taught Chinese at Cornell.
From 1992 to 1999 he worked on television projects in China as a host, actor, and writer, and helped to produce Chinese-language versions of Sesame Street and other Children's Television Workshop programs. During that same period he directed the Syracuse University China seminar and served as a commentator on U.S.-China relations and Chinese affairs for several U.S. and Chinese media outlets. In 2000 and 2001 he served as American Director of the U.S.-China Housing Initiative.  He is a regular commentator on current affairs for the Chinese service of the Voice of America.
The Wilson Center was recently ranked as the 11th best think tank in the world by the annual University of Pennsylvania think tank rankings.  It was also ranked as the 6th best think tank in the United States.