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Speaking & Consulting

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Jim Laurie is available as a featured speaker on a range of Asia and Media related issues.

In 2019, Jim speaks to American University Alumni groups in three lectures on Vietnam and Cambodia on the ship Le Lapérouse sailing from Haiphong in November.  A similar speaking tour was undertaken in October 2017.  Another tour is scheduled for October 2020.  


40 Years of US-China relations.  There at the beginning.

Using his experiences in China since April 1978, Jim is available to speak on China - yesterday and today.   Is China a threat to America?  Is current anti-China rhetoric overblown?  Is there a new Cold War?   Jim takes the perspective of one who has travelled to China regularly over 41 years and sees the nation as an outside observer and one who has worked inside the Chinese government bureaucracy.


On October 17, 2018, Jim spoke to an audience of nearly 500 outside Detroit on "40 Years of US-China relations."  He recounted his interview with paramount leader Deng Xiaoping in 1979, his observaions of the Tian An Men massacre in 1989 and his work with the Chinese from 2009 to 2019. 

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On October 11, 2017, Jim spoke on the history of the Vietnam War at the University of Michigan, Waterman Lecture Series.

ON October 21 2016, Jim spoke on US-China relations at the River Oaks Country Club in Houston.  Laurie visited Houston for the first time in 1979 when he accompanied Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping to the Johnson NASA Space Center.

You can also book Jim to speak in the United States through

The American Program Bureau  or  Cassidy & Fishman Inc.

Topics include

                 China: 40 years of US-China relations.  From Meeting Deng Xiaoping in 1979 to working inside the Chinese bureaucracy in 2019                                                                                       Cold War?  Where does relations go from here.  

                  Vietnam:  1970 to 2017 - Personal experiences of war, nation-building, and travel to one of Asia's fastest growing economies

                 Cambodia:  1970-2017 -  Personal experiences of War, Love, and Betrayal - based on forthcoming 2020 book


                 All lectures are illustrated with videos and stills.



Selected Past engagements:

China Soft Power:  On June 14, 2016, Jim joined the Global Media Forum in Bonn, Germany to speak on China's 'outward engagement' efforts.

Global Media competition:   On October 16, 2013, Jim chaired a panel on Global media at the Ford Foundation New York an event sponsored by the Overseas Press Club.  See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ddHNq3OyWc

International Broadcasting:  In March 2013, Jim joined a panel of speakers at the University of Southern Calfornia in Los Angeles to speak on the topic of the growth of international broadcasting and its impact in Asia.   The event was sponsored by the Annenberg School's program on Public Policy.

China:  In April 2013, Jim joined a China panel in Wooster Ohio which included writer James Fallows and former China adviser to President Obama, Jeff Bader.

From October to December 2010, Jim travelled widely giving talks on China media developments at Brown and Yale Universities, the University of Maryland,George Washington University, the Rotary Club of Wall Street. Duke University and the University of Georgia.       

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