US-China Relations at 40: Where Have We Been and Where are We Going?
By Professor David Shambaugh
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Abstract: This Scowcroft paper was written by Professor David Shambaugh and presented on February 28, 2019, at the Bush School of Government and Public Service. The event was sponsored by the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs. Dr. Shambaugh is an internationally recognized authority on contemporary China and Asia foreign relations. He has written more than thirty books, including most recently China’s Future and The China Reader: Rising Power. He is currently the Gaston Sigur Professor of Asian Studies, Political Science & International Affairs, and the founding Director of the China Policy Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.
Professor David Shambaugh
David Shambaugh is an internationally recognized authority and award-winning author on contemporary China and the international relations of Asia. He has visited or lived in China every year since 1979. He currently is the Gaston Sigur Professor of Asian Studies, Political Science & International Affairs and the founding Director of the China Policy Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. From 1996 to 2015, he was also a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. Professor Shambaugh was previously Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and Reader in Chinese Politics at the University of London’s School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), 1986-1996, where he also served as Editor of The China Quarterly
(1991-1996). He has served on the Board of Directors of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, U.S. Asia-Pacific Council, and other public policy and scholarly organizations. He has been selected for numerous awards and grants, including Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Institute of World Economics & Politics, Distinguished Research Professor at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore. An active public intellectual and frequent commentator in the international media, he serves on numerous editorial boards and has been a consultant to governments, research institutions, foundations, universities, corporations, banks, and investment funds.
As an author, Professor Shambaugh has published more than thirty books, including most recently China’s Future and The China Reader: Rising Power (both 2016). Other books include Tangled Titans: The United States and China (2012), Charting China’s Future: Domestic & International Challenges (2011), China’s Communist Party: Atrophy & Adaptation (2008), International Relations of Asia (2008, 2014), and Power Shift: China & Asia’s New Dynamics (2005). He has also authored numerous reports, articles, chapters, newspaper op-eds, and book reviews. His next books, Where Great Powers Meet: America & China in Southeast Asia and China & the World, will both be published by Oxford University Press in 2020.
Professor Shambaugh received his BA in East Asian studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, MA in international affairs from Johns Hopkins University Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and PhD in political science from the University of Michigan. He is a fluent speaker of Chinese, with some German and French.