Following the Leader: Ruling China, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping
Evening presentation by Professor David M. Lampton, Hyman Professor and Director of China Studies, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Drinks reception: 6:30 pm
Presentation: 7:00 pm
Close: 8:00 pm
As President Xi Jinping announces that he will head a group steering economic and social reforms, questions abound. How will the country move forward as its explosive rate of economic growth begins to slow? How does it plan to deal with domestic and international calls for political reform and to cope with an aging population, not to mention an increasingly fragmented bureaucracy and society? Professor David M. Lampton will talk about how China’s leaders see the nation’s political future, as well as its global strategic influence. With unique access to Chinese leaders at all levels of the party and government, Professor Lampton tells the story of China’s political elites from their own perspectives and offers a rare glimpse into how the attitudes and ideas of those at the top have evolved over the past four decades.
Professor David M. Lampton is Hyman Professor and Director of China Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where he also heads SAIS China, the school’s overall presence in China. Incoming Chairman of the the Asia Foundation, former president of the National Committee on United States-China Relations and Dean of Faculty at SAIS, he is the author of The Three Faces of Chinese Power: Might, Money, and Minds (2008) and The Making of Chinese Foreign and Security Policy (editor, 2001). He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. He has an honorary doctorate from the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Far Eastern Studies, is an Honorary Senior Fellow of the American Studies Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, was winner of the Scalapino Prize in 2010, and is a Gilman Scholar at Johns Hopkins. His newest book, Following the Leader: Ruling China, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping, has just been published by UC Press in January 2014.