David Shambaugh is Professor of Political Science & International Affairs and founding Director of the China Policy Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. His talk “China at the Crossroads? Major Reform Challenges” which is part of the Confucius Institute for Scotland’s 2015 Distinguished Lecture Series, will take place on Monday 9 March from 5.30pm.
SYNOPSIS: “CHINA AT THE CROSSROADS? MAJOR REFORM CHALLENGES”
After thirty-five years of successful reforms first launched by Deng Xiaoping and his colleagues at the famous Third Plenum of the Eleventh Central Committee in December 1978, many China watchers (and many Chinese inside China) judge that the nation is at a crossroads and has reached a series of critical junctures in its economic, social, political, environmental, intellectual, foreign policy and other areas. This lecture will explore a number the major challenges confronting the Xi Jinping leadership, and will assess the progress being made.`
In addition to holding the posts of Professor of Political Science & International Affairs and founding Director of the China Policy Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, David Shambough is also a non-resident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program and Center for East Asian Policy Studies at The Brookings Institution. He was previously Reader in Chinese Politics in the University of London`s School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), where he also served as Editor of The China Quarterly. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, U.S. Asia-Pacific Council, and other public policy and scholarly organizations. He has been selected as a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a Senior Scholar by the Phi Beta Kappa Society, a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and a Distinguished Research Professor at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.