BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Lockport native Paul Haenle, who served as U.S.
National Security Council director for China, Taiwan and Mongolian
affairs from 2007 to 2009 under Presidents George W. Bush and
Barack Obama, will visit the University at Buffalo on Feb. 12 to
present two talks, both free and open to the public.
The first, “Preparing for an International Career,”
will take place from 2-3 p.m. in 280 Park Hall on the UB North
“The presentation will be geared to students considering
an international career, but will certainly be of interest to
others as well,” says Bruce Acker, assistant director of
UB’s Asian Studies Program, one of the sponsors of
Haenle’s visit. “Haenle will discuss the courses,
skills and experiences that will help students launch careers in
the international arena and the paths such careers can take. He
will also comment on the opportunities and challenges for Americans
living and working in China.”
The second presentation, “U.S.-China Relations and
China’s International Role,” will be held from 3:30-5
p.m., also in 280 Park Hall. Haenle will address the legacy
of mistrust, the capacity for cooperation between China and the
United States and the implications if we were to strengthen
collaboration based on common interests or, alternatively, fail to
manage our differences in a constructive manner.
For program details, contact Acker at 645-0763 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haenle, who now serves as director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua
Center for Global Policy, a joint U.S.-China research center funded
by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and based at
Tsinghua University in Beijing, will offer a rare, personal glimpse
into U.S.-China relations and international affairs from someone
with experience at the highest levels of U.S. foreign
In addition to his National Security Council responsibilities,
Haenle played a key role as the White House representative to the
U.S. negotiating team in the “six-party talks”
involving the U.S., China, North Korea, South Korea, Japan and
Russia in negotiations pertaining to North Korea’s nuclear
Prior to being appointed director of the National Security
Council, Haenle served as executive assistant to U.S. National
Security Advisors Condoleezza Rice and Stephen Hadley.
Trained as a China foreign area officer in the U.S. Army, Haenle
was twice assigned to the U.S. embassy in Beijing, served as a U.S.
Army company commander in Korea and worked in the Pentagon as an
advisor on China, Taiwan and Mongolian affairs.
He is a 1984 graduate of Lockport High School and in 2008
received the school’s Distinguished Alumni award. He
graduated from Clarkson University and holds a master’s
degree in Asian studies from Harvard University.
In addition to the UB Asian Studies Program, Haenle’s
visit will be sponsored by the university’s Interdisciplinary
Social Sciences Program, Undergraduate Academies, Office of Career
Services and Confucius Institute.