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Senator Josh Hawley Takes Aim at Confucius Institutes

Rachelle Peterson

A Missouri congressman asks colleges in his state to reconsider their arrangements with the Chinese government. 

U.S. Universities' Dangerous Lack of Foreign Gift Transparency

Rachelle Peterson

Colleges often don't disclose gifts from foreign governments, even when legally required. What are they hiding?

China’s Insidious Institutes

Rachelle Peterson

Senator Rob Portman asks the right questions on Beijing-funded Confucius Institutes.

Criticizing Confucius Institutes

NAS

Three new reports from the federal government and from the UK reiterate NAS’s concerns: Confucius Institutes need to go. 

China Infiltrates US Colleges and Universities

NAS

NAS Director of Policy, Rachelle Peterson was interviewed by Fox New earlier this month on Beijing's continued effort to plant a stake at American colleges. 

Opposing Communist Chinese Spies Isn’t Racist

Rachelle Peterson

Is it racist to protect American colleges from foreign meddling? 

NAS Applauds the Univ. of North Florida’s Decision to Close Confucius Institute

NAS

Following questions from Senator Marco Rubio, the University of North Florida becomes the ninth US university to close a Confucius Institute.

Defense Bill Limits Funding for Colleges with Confucius Institutes

NAS

An amendment by Senator Ted Cruz targets Department of Defense funding for colleges. 

Confucius Institutes: Centers of Chinese Cultural Exchange, or Trojan Horses

NAS

PODCAST: Rachelle Peterson sits down with Ben Weingarten, host of "Big Ideas" to discuss Confucius Institutes.

NAS Submits Testimony on Confucius Institutes

NAS

NAS policy director Rachelle Peterson submits written testimony to the United Kingdom on Confucius Institutes.

A Giving Tree's Unknown Clauses

NAS

NAS sends an open letter to George Mason University urging President Cabrera to hire an external investigator.

NAS Applauds Ted Cruz's Stop Higher Education Espionage and Theft Act

NAS

NAS is pleased to see the introduction of this new bill which provides further transparency of foreign governments' activities on American campuses.

George Mason University's Confucius Institute: A Letter to GMU's President

Peter Wood

GMU's Confucius Institute has many strings attached and deserves to be added to the list of gifts being investigated by the GMU president.

How China's regime is meddling in American higher education

Rachelle Peterson

More information about how China uses Confucius Institutes to spread the regime's whitewashed version of its history and policies.

Hanban Triage: A DC Panel Tries to Save Confucius Institutes

Rachelle Peterson

A thorough analysis of the recent Confucius Institute event held in Washington, D.C.

Makeover: An Event in DC Tries to Rehabilitate the Image of Confucius Institutes

NAS

The Hanban stages a panel to brush off serious critiques about Confucius Institutes. 

Letter to AAUP President: Let's Work Together to Address Confucius Institutes

Peter Wood

NAS President Peter Wood writes to AAUP President Rudy Fichtenbaum about the concerns we share regarding Confucius Institutes.

How Many Confucius Institutes Are in the United States?

NAS

Download an updated PDF that lists all of the Confucius Institutes in the United States, along with information on who to contact if you have concerns.

Countering Confucius Institutes

Rachelle Peterson

Introducing the first NAS Confucius Institutes toolkit that provides resources and ideas to address these Chinese government-funded centers.

U.S. Schools are Falling for China's Propaganda Campaign

Rachelle Peterson

American universities will need to choose between money and truth when it comes to Confucius Institutes.

Get China's Pernicious Confucius Institutes Out of US colleges

Rachelle Peterson

Rachelle Peterson writes at The Hill about six practical steps the US government can take in response to Confucius Institutes. 

‘Reforming’ Confucius Institutes

NAS policy director Rachelle Peterson explains at American Greatness why we should be wary of China's efforts to makeover the image of Confucius Institutes.

Senator Rubio Calls Attention to Confucius Institutes

Rachelle Peterson

This morning, in a Senate hearing on worldwide threats to the United States, FBI Director Christopher Wray acknowledged that the FBI has been monitoring and investigating Confucius Institutes.

Pressure Mounts to Close Confucius Institutes on College Campuses

Rachelle Peterson

One year later and NAS's report on the Chinese government-funded Confucius Institutes is still making waves.

Censorship: Another Cheap Chinese Import We Don’t Need

Rachelle Peterson

Efforts to censor Cambridge University Press show how far the Chinese government will go to stifle intellectual freedom. 

Outsourced to China

Rachelle Peterson

Rachelle Peterson warns of the dangers inherent in allowing a foreign government to exert influence on classrooms and university administrators.

NAS Sends Letter to SUNY Trustees

Peter Wood

Peter Wood and Rachelle Peterson ask the SUNY Board of Trustees to investigate the Confucius Institutes in their system.

Director of Binghamton University’s Confucius Institute Responds to NAS Report

NAS

Professor Zu-yan Chen and Rachelle Peterson discuss NAS's report on Confucius Institutes.

Another Response from Binghamton University

NAS

Wang Qianghua responds to NAS’s report on Confucius Institutes and to two other professors’ responses. 

Binghamton University Professor Responds to NAS Report

NAS

Professor Don Boros responds to Professor Chaffee and Outsourced to China.

Soft Power U: Chinese Propaganda in American Higher Education

NAS

NAS Director of Research Rachelle Peterson comments on China's unprecedented influence on American college campuses.

American Universities Are Welcoming China’s Trojan Horse

Rachelle Peterson

Rachelle Peterson writes on China's use of soft power to influence students at American universities. 

Video: Outsourced to China DC Launch

NAS

Videos from the Outsourced to China report launch are now available.

Binghamton University Responds to NAS’s Report

NAS

SUNY Binghamton offers critiques and corrections to Outsourced to China

The New York Review of Books and Others Highlight NAS Report

NAS

Articles and reviews of Outsourced to China, NAS's new report on Chinese soft power in American Higher Education.

Unveiling Communist China's Global Soft Power Outposts

NAS

NAS Director of Research Projects Rachelle Peterson reviews a new documentary "In the Name of Confucius," on China's influence on Western higher education.

Red Star Over Campus - 4/26/2017 in Washington D.C.

NAS

Join us in Washington DC for the launch of NAS’s latest report, Outsourced to China, on China’s soft power influence through Confucius Institutes. 

The New Problem of Higher Education: The Foreign-Based Institute

James A. Stever

James A. Stever, Professor Emeritus at the University of Cincinnati, discusses the potential dangers of foreign institutes such as the Confucius Institute.