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Episode #22 - september 1st, 2020

Have you found yourself asking a lot of questions about TikTok, since it has broken into the mainstream with the Administration working to ban the video sharing service over national security concerns? We speak with Xiaomeng Lu, Senior Analyst of Geo-Technology at the Eurasia Foundation, about the geo-political nature of this issue and whether or not TikTok is a national security threat.  We also take the time to speak with the Fulbright Association about why this program is so valuable and how it builds global understanding, as well as knowledge.

John Bader: The year that John spent on a Fulbright Scholarship to India was the most intensely educational of his life. It inspired him to promote international exchange and understanding in many positions. He is especially proud of coaching 114 Fulbright recipients at Johns Hopkins University, where he was the faculty representative, for leading a contingent of scholarship advisors to advocate for Fulbright on Capitol Hill, and for his previous service on the Association Board.

John served in several deanships for a decade at Johns Hopkins, including Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs. Prior to that, he taught history at public high schools, covered a presidential election at ABC News, directed the UCLA Center for American Politics in Washington, DC., and served as policy director on a U.S. Senate campaign. Since his tenure at Hopkins, he directed international recruitment for Marks Education, led the Colonial Academic Alliance (a coalition of US universities), and served as a chief officer at International Baccalaureate.

Xiaomeng Lu: As a senior analyst in Eurasia Group's geo-technology practice, Xiaomeng Lu focuses on the interactions of emerging technologies with geopolitics, market dynamics, and regulatory norms. She provides in-depth analysis on key policy issues such as cybersecurity, data protection, artificial intelligence, internet governance, 5G, and trade.

Before joining Eurasia Group, Xiaomeng was the China practice lead at consulting firm Access Partnership. In this capacity, she helped top financial and cloud service providers of the US enter China's market amid the trade war between the two countries. She also played a key role in establishing and expanding the company's first office in Asia, which generated over $1 million in revenue in three years. Previously, Xiaomeng worked as a global policy director at the Information Technology Industry Council, where she conducted successful advocacy campaigns that led to the suspension of onerous regulatory regimes, helping global electronics manufacturers save billions in potential losses. Xiaomeng has a master's degree in international trade policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and a bachelor's degree in economics from Renmin University of China. In her spare time, she enjoys translating idioms and humor across cultures, ranging from verses of Jack Ma's poetry to jokes from the Big Bang Theory.

Ann Ackerman: Dr. Ann Ackerman earned her Ph.D. from North Texas State University where her academic concentration was in 19th – 20th Century Intellectual History. Today, her research interests include the history of early Eastern European Jewish Settlement of Dallas, the Status of Social Studies Instruction in the United States, and contemporary European History. Dr. Ackerman is Chair of the Nashua Ethnic Awareness Committee, member of numerous professional organizations, and a former member of the Nashua Board of Alderman. She is the recipient of three prestigious fellowships: Fulbright – Hays, Goethe Institute TOP, and Korean Studies Workshop. She is an Associate Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at Nashua Community College.

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