Assessing China’s Future

Professor David Shambaugh
21 April 2017

No nation is more important to Asia’s future than China—indeed China’s evolution has global consequences. The nation is now a major power, but is also simultaneously facing a variety of qualitatively new challenges to its economy and growth model, in society and politics, and its external relations. Depending on the choices made and path taken by China’s leadership—particularly at and after the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress scheduled for this autumn—China’s alternative development pathways will become clearer. In this lecture, the international authority on China and best-selling author Professor David Shambaugh will summarize the findings and predictions form his latest book China’s Future (2016).

About the Speaker: Prof. David Shambaugh is an internationally recognized authority and author on contemporary China and the international relations of Asia. He is presently Distinguished Visiting Professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, where he is on sabbatical from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, where he is Professor of Political Science & International Affairs and the Director of the China Policy Program.  He was also a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at The Brookings Institution from 1998-2015. 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 has served on the Board of Directors of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and has been a member of Council on Foreign Relations, U.S. Asia-Pacific Council, and other public policy and scholarly organizations. Professor Shambaugh is an active public intellectual and frequent commentator in the international media, serves on a number of editorial boards, and has been a consultant to various governments, research institutions, foundations, and private corporations.  As an author, he has published more than 30 books and 300 articles, including China Goes Global: The Partial Power (2013, selected by The Economist, Foreign Affairs, and Bloomberg News as one of the “Best Books of the Year”). His newest books, both published in 2016, are The China Reader: Rising Power and China’s Future (selected by The Economist as “Best Books of the Year”).