Press Release: Gordon Chang, America’s Grandest Wager: China

Media Contact:
Paul Nugent, Executive Director
Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council

Gordon Chang, China expert and author, presents, “America’s Grandest Wager: China”

This Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council meeting takes place on September 17th at Connecticut College, New London, CT

$20 for the General Public; Free for SECWAC members and students

Waterford, CT (August 19, 2019) – The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) announced today that Gordon Chang is to speak on “America’s Grandest Wager:  China” at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 in the 1941 Room, Crozier Hall Student Center, Connecticut College, New London, CT.

For four decades, American presidents tried to integrate China into the international system, yet our diligent efforts produced the very thing we hoped to prevent: a totalitarian, militant state advocating a xenophobic ideology.

The Chinese regime, across the board, threatens the U.S. and the system of rules, treaties, conventions, and norms. The People’s Republic is not trying to change the current global framework; it is pushing the notion that it is the world’s only sovereign state. This means there cannot be an enduring peace as long as the Communist Party rules China.

A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the main event beginning at 6:00 p.m. The presentation is a part of the SECWAC 2019-2020 Speaker Series. For non-members, tickets ($20) may be purchased at the door; ticket cost can subsequently be applied towards a SECWAC membership.  Attendance is free for SECWAC members (and their guests). Membership September 2019 through June 2020 is $85 per person; $25 for young professionals under 35; free for area college and high school students; a corporate rate of $1,000 is also available, with unlimited access for employees.

Immediately following the presentation, SECWAC meeting attendees have the option for $40 to attend a dinner with the speaker at Connecticut College.  Reservations are required by Friday, September 13, at 860-912-5718 or via online registration at

Reporters are welcome to attend as guests of the SECWAC Board. Interested reporters should contact Paul Nugent at or 860-388-9241.


Gordon Chang is a columnist at The Daily Beast, and author of several books on Asia:  Losing South Korea, a booklet released by Encounter Books in March 2019; Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World; and The Coming Collapse of China, from Random House.  Chang lived and worked in China and Hong Kong for almost two decades, as counsel to the American law firm Paul Weiss and earlier in Hong Kong as Partner in the international law firm Baker & McKenzie.  His writings on China and North Korea have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The National Interest, The American Conservative, The Weekly Standard, The National Review, and Barron’s.

Chang has spoken at Columbia, Cornell (where he has served as a trustee), Harvard, Penn, Princeton, Yale, and other universities, and at The Brookings Institution, The Heritage Foundation, the Cato Institute, RAND, the American Enterprise Institute, the Council on Foreign Relations, and other institutions.  He has given briefings at the National Intelligence Council, the Central Intelligence Agency, the State Department, and the Pentagon.  He has also spoken before industry and investor groups including Bloomberg, Sanford Bernstein, Royal Bank of Scotland, and Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia.  He has appeared before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.   

Chang has appeared on CNN, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, CNBC, MSNBC, PBS, the BBC, and Bloomberg Television. He is a regular co-host and guest on The John Batchelor Show.  Outside the United States he has spoken in Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo, The Hague, London, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver.


SECWAC is a regional, nonprofit, membership organization affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA). The organization dates back to 1999, and has continued to arrange 8-10 Speaker Series meetings annually, between September and June. The meetings range in foreign affairs topics, and are hosted at venues along the I-95 corridor, welcoming members and guests from Stonington to Old Saybrook, and beyond.

SECWAC’s mission is “to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs through study, debate, and educational programming.” It provides a forum for nonpartisan, non-advocacy dialogue between members and speakers, who can be U.S. policy makers, educators, authors, and other experts on foreign relations. Learn more at


CALENDAR LISTING: Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) presents ‘America’s Grandest Wager:  China’ with Gordon Chang on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 6:00 p.m. in Crozier Student Center at Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Avenue, New London, CT 06320. Free for members. Annual membership is $85; $25 for young professionals under 35, and free for area students; corporate membership available for $1,000 (contact SECWAC for details). Register online for the event and dinner:


Mission Statement

The mission of the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) is to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs by study, debate, and educational programming, primarily through a Speakers Series of 8 to 10 monthly meetings.