Activists are trying to leverage the upcoming Beijing Olympic games to pressure the Chinese government on human rights. But some political leaders in China and Washington say they’re violating the spirit of the games. We look at the levers available to non-state actors, and the intersection of politics, diplomacy and the world of sport.


  • Victor Cha Director of Asian Studies and D.S. Song Chair, Georgetown University; Director for Asian Affairs, National Security Council ( 2004-2007); author "Beyond the Final Score: The Politics of Sport" (forthcoming) (Columbia University Press)
  • Rob Gifford Foreign correspondent, NPR (based in Beijing, China 1999-2005; based in London, England 2005-present); also author of "China Road: A Journey into the Future of a Rising Power" (Random House)
  • Peter Ford Staff writer, The Christian Science Monitor

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