China Seminar Series: Professor David Shambaugh “Assessing China’s Future”

China’s future is arguably the most consequential question in global affairs.

Having enjoyed unprecedented levels of growth, China is at a critical juncture in the development of its economy, society, polity, national security and international relations. The direction the nation takes at this crossroads will determine whether it stalls or continues to develop and prosper. Will China be successful in implementing a new wave of transformational reforms that could last decades and make it the world’s leading superpower? Or will its leaders shy away from the drastic changes required because the regime’s power is at risk? In this lecture on his new book, China’s Future, Professor Shambaugh, one of the world’s leading Sinologists, will examine many aspects of China today and explore the possibilities for its future evolution.


David Shambaugh is Professor of Political Science & International Affairs and Director of the China Policy Program at George Washington University. A long-time observer and scholar of contemporary China, Professor Shambaugh is a prolific author, having published more than thirty books and numerous articles during his career. He is also a frequent commentator in the international media and advisor to governments, foundations, NGOs, universities, and corporations. He is the former Editor of The China Quarterly and Reader in Chinese Politics at the University of London SOAS.

The seminars are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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