Economic Olympics: Can China Win Gold?


Associated Program:
John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum
Graham Allison
Keyu Jin
Kelly Sims Gallagher
Lawrence H. Summers
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government

On Wednesday, February 16, the JFK Jr. Forum will focus on the great economic rivalry between China and the United States. In the final week of the Beijing Olympics, this Forum event will begin with a quiz, posing twelve questions about China’s meteoric economic rise. The discussion will explore the sources of China’s growth, the likelihood of its sustainability, and the speakers will offer competing bets about the future.

Join Graham Allison (AB '62 PhD '68), Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, as he summarizes key findings from a major study just completed at the Kennedy School. Professor Allison will be in discussion with Professor of Economics Keyu Jin (AB '04 PhD '09) at the London School of Economics, Kelly Sims Gallagher, Academic Dean at The Fletcher School, Tufts University, former Obama Administration Senior China Advisor in the Special Envoy for Climate Change office, U.S. State Department, and Lawrence H. Summers ​(PhD '82 LLD '07), the Charles W. Eliot University Professor, the Weil Director of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at Harvard’s Kennedy School, and President Emeritus at Harvard University. Professor Summers served as the 71st Secretary of the Treasury for President Clinton and the Director of the National Economic Council for President Obama.

This event is co-sponsored by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School.

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Please register by 12:00 PM ET on Tuesday, February 15 if you would like the possibility of attending this event in-person. Registrants will be notified by 5:00 PM ET that day if a seat is available for them in the venue. If a seat is not available, registrants can stream the event live via our social media channels.

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The Institute of Politics will be strictly observing all HKS COVID health and safety protocols, including vaccination, testing, and quarantine guidelines. HKS buildings including the Forum are closed to people without a Harvard ID and attendance will be limited to the 100-person posted room capacity. RSVPs are required for in-person attendance. Masks must be worn at all times, except for quick sips of beverages. Food will not be allowed in the venue.