Susan Shirk

Chair of the 21st Century China Center and Research Professor, 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 elite 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 most recent book, “Changing Media, Changing China,” was published in 2010 by Oxford University Press.

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