Jim Levey

Jim Levey, formerly a partner at American China Mercantile and a senior manager at IBM, holds an advanced degree from the China Studies Asian Institute of St. John’s University and is now working to introduce China education to mainstream Americans at various institutions.

Related Courses

Blueprint for U.S. Leadership in the Age of China

The United States is being challenged now by a rising China in all aspects of world leadership. Is China destined to become “number one” or is a there a blueprint for maintaining our supremacy in world affairs?


2.2.2 The Long Game: China’s Quest for Centrality in the 21st Century

China has entangled the world in its long game – a slow but steady drumbeat of economic coercion, intensive global propaganda, political pressure, and consensual agreements designed to create the perception that the Chinese way of life is superior to the West. The free world, inspired by US leadership, however, can address the threat of Chinese centrality through domestic and foreign policies that restore faith in democratic institutions. This course will examine China’s agenda and propose a plan for US leadership in the 21st century. NEW!


A Blueprint for American Leadership in the Biden Administration 

Over the last four years, American foreign policy was severely compromised. Reestablishing American leadership is a top priority for the Biden Administration. This presentation will outline initiatives in both foreign and domestic policy that will enable the United States to regain global leadership in the face of an increasingly combative China intent on undermining American influence around the world.


Civilizations Collide: China’s Quest for Primacy in the 21st Century

Since the victory of Mao Tse Tung in 1949, China has been on a path to regain its primacy and restore its dignity within the world order. Mao’s successor, Deng Xiao Ping, rebuked communism and embraced free enterprise to enable China to ascend economically. China’s rise since then has been nothing less than spectacular, lifting over a billion people out of poverty to rival the US today as a superpower. During this time, American leadership in the US believed China’s economic success would lead to an open and liberal domestic policy. Nothing could be further from the truth. The advent of Xi Jinping in 2012 proved China to be an assertive and aggressive superpower with an agenda derived from the early days of Mao. This course will present a comprehensive view of China’s quest to redefine the world order in the 21st century and offer a blueprint for US foreign policy to offset China’s threat.


The Great Traditions of Imperial China

For over four thousand years, China enjoyed an advanced civilization that contributed to the world in science, technology, the arts, and the humanities. China’s longevity is largely due to her intellectual foundations that enabled economic prosperity and political stability for an agrarian

society that viewed the world through the lens of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. Understanding these beliefs is key to understanding the great traditions of China that have been inherent in the Chinese character throughout history. This course will trace the cultural and historical patterns in ancient and imperial China that explain the current events that are shaping the world today.