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Susan Shirk

Chair of the 21st Century China Program, UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy

Susan Shirk is one of the most influential experts working on U.S.-China relations and Chinese politics. She previously served as deputy assistant secretary of state (1997-2000), responsible for U.S. policy toward China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mongolia. She founded and continues to lead the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue, an unofficial forum for discussions of security issues. Her book “China: Fragile Superpower” helped frame the policy debate on China policy in the U.S. and other countries.  Her articles have appeared in leading academic publications in the fields of political science, international relations and China studies, and her views on a range of issues relating to modern Chinese politics are highly sought.

She was awarded the 2015 Roger Revelle Medal (video).

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“Changing Media, Changing China” (editor), Oxford University Press, 2010

“China: Fragile Superpower,” Oxford University Press, 2007

“The Political Logic of Economic Reform in China,” University of California Press, 1993


“Recent Chinese Labour Policies and the Transformation of Industrial Organization in China,” The China Quarterly

“Changing Media, Changing Foreign Policy in China,” Japanese Journal of Political Science

“Will the Institutionalization of Party Leadership Survive the 2002-03 Succession?,” The China Journal

Susan Shirk