Baucus Institute Tackles Shadow War, China Trade Oct. 10

October 01, 2019

MISSOULA – The Max Baucus Institute at the University of Montana – named for Montana’s longest-serving U.S. senator – works to prepare the next generation of leaders and public servants.    

To further that goal, the institute will present two exciting, free events at UM on Thursday, Oct. 10:

  • “U.S./China Trade,” a conversation between Baucus and experienced diplomat Michael Punke, moderated by ABC News correspondent Gloria Riviera, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the A.L.I. Auditorium of the Phyllis J. Washington Education Center.

  • “Winning the Shadow War with Russia and China,” a lecture with Jim Sciutto, CNN’s chief national security correspondent and co-anchor of CNN Newsroom, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. in the Dennison Theatre.

 “The institute is proud to present these two high-level events for those interested in learning more about international affairs and understanding the current state of our world,” said Samuel Panarella, the Baucus Institute director and a UM law faculty member. “This is an excellent opportunity to expose our students and community to experienced diplomats and journalists who have amazing experience on the world stage.”

Baucus served Montana as U.S. senator from 1978 to 2014 and then was ambassador to China from 2014 to 2017. He will speak alongside Punke, a former U.S. ambassador to the World Trade Organization in Geneva. Punke also served on the White House National Security Council staff and on Capitol Hill and is the author of “The Revenant.”

Riviera will moderate “U.S./China Trade.” Based in Washington, D.C., she covers a wide array of breaking, investigative and feature stories for the ABC’s flagship broadcasts, “Good Morning America,” “World News” and “Nightline.” She also contributes regularly to ABC News Digital and ABC News Radio.

Sciutto’s evening lecture will discuss how Russia and China are carrying out bold acts of aggression and violating international laws and norms. Topics will include everything from poisoned dissidents and election interference to hackers, armed invasions, space warriors, undermined treaties and secret military buildups.

He contends what we see as our greatest strengths – open societies, military innovation, dominance of technology on Earth and in space, and longstanding leadership in global institutions – are being turned into weaknesses with alarming success.

Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountain West, the Baucus Institute invites policymakers, lawyers, politicians, leading academics and law students to interact on a global scale. The institute emulates the important bipartisan, consensus-building public service Baucus exemplified during his long and distinguished career.

In times when too few are engaged in problem solving and productive policy making, the institute fosters dialogue, trains business and government leaders, plays a central role in economic development and contributes to the national discourse on a range of important topics.

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Contact: Samuel Panarella, UM law associate professor and Baucus Institute director, 406-243-6623,