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Charles Horner

Senior Fellow

Charles Horner is Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute in Washington. He is a China scholar who pays special attention to how China’s evolving views of its modern historical experience and its intellectual and cultural traditions influence contemporary developments.  The first volume of his projected two-volume study, Rising China and Its Postmodern Fate, was nominated for the Joseph Levenson Prize of the Association of Asian Studies and the second volume is in progress. In the administrations of President Reagan and the first President Bush, Horner served consecutively as Deputy Representative to the United Nations Conference on the Law of Sea, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Science and Technology, and Associate Director of the United States Information Agency. He is a recipient of the Department of State Superior Honor Award.

From 1980 to 1982, Horner was Adjunct Professor in Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and also an associate of its Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy. During the l970s, Horner served on the staff of the late Senator Henry M. Jackson (D.-Wash.) and then as Senior Legislative Assistant for Foreign Affairs and National Security policy to the late Senator Daniel P. Moynihan (D.-N.Y.) A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Horner also did graduate work in Chinese history at the University of Chicago and, overseas, from 1967 to 1970, at National Taiwan University and Tokyo University. 

As a private citizen, Horner has been a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and has served on several panels: Secretary of State James Baker’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy; Secretary of Commerce Robert Mosbacher’s Advisory Committee on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; the Voice of America Advisory Committee; and the Advisory Board of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. President George H.W. Bush appointed him to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, which supervises the Fulbright program worldwide and is responsible for selecting all Fulbright grantees. President George W. Bush appointed him to the Board of Directors of the U.S. Institute of Peace.

In addition to his writings in Hudson Institute publications, he also has contributed to periodicals, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, and The National Interest.

Click here to listen to Charles Horner on the John Batchelor Show discussing the Chinese Revolution.


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John Lee and Charles Horner quoted in Taipei Times on territorial disputes in the East and South China seas