May 23

Elizabeth Economy

The Third Revolution:
Xi Jinping and The New Chinese State

May 23, 2018 | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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Elizabeth Economy is the C. V. Starr senior fellow and director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is an expert on Chinese domestic politics and foreign relations, writing on topics ranging from China’s environmental challenges to its role in global governance.

She is the award-winning author of The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China’s Future (Cornell University Press, 2004; 2nd edition, 2010), and By All Means Necessary: How China’s Resource Quest is Changing the World (Oxford University Press, 2014), co-authored with Michael Levi. Her most recent book, The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State (Oxford University Press, 2018), analyzes the contradictory nature of reform under President Xi Jinping.

Elizabeth will explain how Xi is expanding the role of the authoritarian state at home, and asserting a more ambitious foreign policy abroad. China has witnessed the centralization of power under Xi, the expansion of the Communist Party’s role in Chinese political, social, and economic life, and the construction of a virtual wall of regulations to control more closely the exchange of ideas and capital between China and the outside world. Indeed, Xi’s China is exercising new levers of influence and power that the United States and others will have to learn to exploit and counter to protect and advance their own interests.

Dr. Economy serves on the board of managers of Swarthmore College and the board of trustees of the Asia Foundation. She has also served on the advisory council of Network 20/20 and the science advisory council of the Stockholm Environment Forum.

Dr. Economy received her BA from Swarthmore College, her MA from Stanford University, and her PhD from the University of Michigan.

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