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Mansfield Dialogues

The Mansfield Dialogues is a public lecture series designed to bring community together to discuss critical issues in international engagement and ethics in public affairs.

Upcoming Fall 2021 Dialogues

China's Civilian Army: Transformation to a Global Superpower
Wednesday, October 20, 7 pm MST

Peter Martin joins us for a discussion on his book, "China's Civilian Army: The Making of Wolf Warrior Diplomacy," which charts China's transformation from an isolated and impoverished communist state to a global superpower from the perspective of those on the front line: China's diplomats. Moderated by Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, the China reporter for Axios. 

Peter Martin

Peter Martin is Bloomberg's defense policy and intelligence reporter in Washington, DC and author of "China's Civilian Army: The Making of Wolf Warrior Diplomacy." He was previously based in Beijing where he wrote extensively on escalating tensions in the US-China relationship and reported from China's border with North Korea and its far-western region of Xinjiang. His writing has been published by outlets including Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, the National Interest, and the Guardian. He holds degrees from the University of Oxford, Peking University and the London School of Economics.


Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian is the China reporter at Axios. Before joining Axios, Bethany served as the lead reporter for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists' China Cables project, a major leak of classified Chinese government documents revealing the inner workings of mass internment camps in Xinjiang. Previously, Bethany was an editor and contributing reporter at Foreign Policy magazine and a national security reporter at The Daily Beast. Bethany spent four years in China and is now based in Washington, D.C.

Previous Fall 2021 Dialogues

Does the Constitution Establish a Democracy? Reflections on Voting Rights
Tuesday, September 21

A University of Montana Constitution Day Event

National Conservative and Progressive Experts share their understanding of voting, the Constitution, and where we are today.


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The Mansfield Dialogues are presented in partnership with the Project on American Democracy and Citizenship.