How China’s leaders built the country into a global powerhouse.Distinguished China expert and Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University
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China and Its Leaders : Past, Present, and Future
China, now the world's second most powerful country after the United States, aims to become a powerhouse of socialist modernization. How did this once-impoverished nation transform into a superpower challenging global hegemony? We look for the answer with Professor David Shambaugh, a leading global authority on China based in the US, the world's political epicenter.
In the GREAT MINDS China series, Professor Shambaugh of George Washington University begins by examining the footsteps of Chinese leaders leading up to today's China under Xi Jinping. From Mao Zedong, China's founding father; Deng Xiaoping, who led the nation's economic growth through the reform and opening policy; Jiang Zemin, who accelerated the reform and opening by attracting foreign investment and embracing the capitalist class; Hu Jintao, who expanded the scope of China's foreign relations; to Xi Jinping, China's current president starting his third term – Shambaugh delves into their accomplishments and failures, as well as the hidden personal histories behind their leadership. Through his analysis, we examine how the background and ideology of each leader has influenced present-day China.
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Named an influential China expert by the China Foreign Affairs University (2015) Analyst at the Department of State Bureau of Intelligence and Research and the National Security Council (1977-1979) Served on the Board of Directors of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations Member of The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Committee on Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) Author of 'International Relations of Asia,' 'China’s Leaders: From Mao to Now,' and many more
David Shambaugh is a professor of Politcal Science and International Affairs at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs and Director of its China Policy Program. Since 1979, he has either lived in China or visited the country almost every year, becoming a world-renowned expert on Chinese politics, society, and economy. Shambaugh is a regular commentator for international news media outlets.
Having written over 30 books, Shambaugh provides insightful analysis and predictions on Chinese internal politics, military, security, and foreign relations. He has served as an analyst for the Department of State Bureau of Intelligence and Research and the National Security Council under the Carter administration, and as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a key source of policy ideas for the US government. Shambaugh was also the editor of the internationally renowned research journal, The China Quarterly, and a senior fellow at the Institute of World Economy and Politics (IWEP) at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Fluent in Chinese, Shambaugh has lectured not only in the United States but also in Australia, China, Denmark, Hong Kong, Japan, and Taiwan, sharing his astute understanding of China's past, present, and future.
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