The Battle for China's Spirit: A Report on Religious Freedom for Various Faith and Belief Groups

Join Asian Studies Program and the Master's in Science in Foreign Service in welcoming Ms. Sarah Cook of Freedom House as she presents her most recent report: The Battle for China’s Spirit: Religious Revival, Repression, and Resistance under Xi Jinping (2017).  Professor Dennis Wilder of the Asian Studies Program and the U.S.-China Dialogue will moderate. A light lunch will be provided.


Sarah Cook is a senior research analyst for East Asia at Freedom House. She directs the China Media Bulletin, a monthly digest in English and Chinese providing news and analysis on media freedom developments related to China. Cook is also the author of several Asian country reports for Freedom House’s annual publications, as well as three special reports about China: The Battle for China’s Spirit (2017), The Politburo’s Predicament (2015), and The Long Shadow of Chinese Censorship (2013). Her comments and writings have appeared on CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, and the U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China.

Before joining Freedom House, Ms. Cook co-edited the English translation of A China More Just, a memoir by prominent rights attorney Gao Zhisheng, and was twice a delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Commission meeting in Geneva for an NGO working on religious freedom in China. She received a B.A. in International Relations from Pomona College and as a Marshall Scholar, completed Master’s degrees in Politics and International Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

Monday, March 20, 2017 at 12:30pm to 1:45pm

Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Intercultural Center, 7th Floor, Executive Conference Room
37th and O St., N.W., Washington

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Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Asian Studies, Master of Science in Foreign Service


Religion, Politics, China, Asia, Beijing, Asia Pacific



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