Confucius Institute for Scotland at the University of Edinburgh Distinguished Lecture Series - David Shambaugh
30 January 2015
Mark your diary now for the second lecture in our 2015 Distinguished Lecture Series from Prof David Shambaugh of George Washington University, which will take place on Monday 9 March from 5.30pm-7pm.
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.
Professor Shambaugh has been Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and founding Director of the China Policy Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University since 1996. Before joining the faculty at George Washington, he was successively Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and Reader in Chinese Politics at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (1987-1996), where he also served as Editor of The China Quarterly (1991-96). He also directed the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (1987-1988), and served as an analyst in the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Intelligence and Research (1976-77) and the U.S. National Security Council staff (1977-78)