Lyric Hughes Hale is a writer and contributor to a range of publications, including the Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Current History, and Institutional Investor. "China Takes Off", published in Foreign Affairs in 2003 and written jointly with her husband David Hale, is one of the most oft-cited surveys of China's economic ascendency. Ms. Hale studied Japanese at Northwestern University and graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. She has lived and studied in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. She first went to China in 1979, and has been a frequent visitor since. As a lifelong Asianist, her scholarly interests include Chinese monetary policy during the 1930s, Iranian affairs, and the role of the media in developing countries, especially China. Ms. Hale is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, the Australian-American Leadership Dialogue, and is a long-time director of the Japan America Society of Chicago. She founded Women in International Trade (WIT), and was the first female president in the sixty-year history of the International Trade Club of Chicago. She serves on the board of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) and is editor-in-chief of Econvue, a forum for independent economists.