Interview with Professor Stephen Roach, Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
In an interview conducted by the Association during Professor Roach’s visit to Hong Kong, the Professor
talked about what makes the Jackson Institute unique and why study Global Affairs now.
The Association: What makes the Global Affairs program at Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs unique compared to other similar programs?
Professor Roach: Yale has over 300 years of history. Jackson Institute for Global Affairs has been in existence since 2009, which is relatively new by Yale standards. The Institute
adopts a broad, interdisciplinary and bespoke approach. We focus on developing tools and applications to those tools in studying global affairs from multiple points of view: Security, Economic Development, Global Demography
and Global Health. The real advantage of the Institute, I think, is the size of the class. Unlike some of our peer universities, the small class size of around 30 students per year really enables us to customize individual
regimens of study for each student as they go through the two-year Master of Global Affairs program.
The Association: Why Global Affairs? Why now?
Professor Roach: I’ve been a participant in the global debate for the past 35 to 40 years. I’ve never seen a more challenging time. It is about understanding all the powerful
new dynamic forces at work in this day and age, from what’s going on in China to the politics in US, Europe, even issues in North Korea. There’s never been a more important time to be engaged actively in studying
global issues and figuring out a way to make a difference in the world through Global Affairs.
14 December 2017
Professor Stephen Roach, former Chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia and the firm's chief economist, is a Senior Fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and a Senior Lecturer
at Yale's School of Management. He is a frequent TV speaker and a columnist to newspapers and economics magazines on World Economy. Professor Roach is the author of Unbalanced: The Codependency of America and
China. He sits on various US government board and committees including Council on Foreign Relations.