Hong Kong at a Critical Juncture

Monday, January 30, 2017
12noon – 1:30pm

US-Asia Institute
232 East Capitol St NE
Washington, DC 20003

The US-Asia Institute hosted Professor Alejandro Reyes for a briefing that discussed the local, regional, and global significance of Hong Kong.

Two years after the Occupy street demonstrations, Hong Kong is at a critical juncture. In September 2016, voters elected a new Legislative Council. A controversy over oath taking led to the barring of two elected pro-independence members from taking their seats and their disqualification from office. The selection of a new chief executive will take place on March 26. In this off-the-record briefing, Alejandro Reyes, former Asiaweek senior correspondent and associate professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration of the University of Hong Kong, will discuss key developments since the Umbrella protests, Hong Kong’s evolving relationship with the mainland, the race to be the next leader, and the outlook for the SAR as it marks on July 1 the 20th anniversary of its return to Chinese sovereignty.

Keynote Speaker:

Alejandro Reyes
Visiting Associate Professor
University of Hong Kong

Alejandro Reyes has been a visiting associate professor at the University of Hong Kong since 2007, teaching courses on globalization and international relations. He serves as a senior advisor to the US-Asia Institute and has been a consultant to the World Economic Forum since 1997. He managed the G20 Business Summit (B20) report process under the Korean and French presidencies, was program director for Asia at the Clinton Global Initiative and worked as a journalist for Time Inc. in Asia for 13 years. In 2002, he was senior policy advisor to the Canadian foreign minister in Ottawa. He was educated at Harvard University and Oxford University.