David Shambaugh

David Shambaugh

David Shambaugh is an internationally recognized authority and author on contemporary China and the international relations of Asia. He is currently professor of political science and international affairs and the director of the China Policy Programme at George Washington University. Prior to that, he was reader in Chinese politics in the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, where he also served as editor of The China Quarterly. As an author, he has published more than 30 books and 300 articles.

Latest from David Shambaugh

Opinion | China at 70 must take on its greatest challenge yet – political reform and opening up

The People’s Republic can be proud of its achievements to become a world power. But its turn in the past 10 years towards greater political and social controls takes it back to the repressive past, instead of a future in which it can realise its full potential.

The People’s Republic can be proud of its achievements to become a world power. But its turn in the past 10 years towards greater political and social controls takes it back to the repressive past, instead of a future in which it can realise its full potential.

1 Oct 2019 - 4:11AM
Opinion | When China and the US wage a visa war against each other’s scholars, nobody wins

The US and China are escalating their restrictions on access by academics from the other side, which poses serious problems for scholarship and bilateral relations, at a time when mutual understanding is much needed.

The US and China are escalating their restrictions on access by academics from the other side, which poses serious problems for scholarship and bilateral relations, at a time when mutual understanding is much needed.

23 Apr 2019 - 2:27AM
Opinion | The enduring China-US relationship: it’s complicated, but they’re still talking 40 years on

Cooperation has been the bedrock of the US-China relationship since Carter met Deng in 1979, and through bumpy moments like the Tiananmen Square crackdown. Trump’s trade war will not undo four decades of engagement.

Cooperation has been the bedrock of the US-China relationship since Carter met Deng in 1979, and through bumpy moments like the Tiananmen Square crackdown. Trump’s trade war will not undo four decades of engagement.

15 Dec 2018 - 3:02AM
Opinion | After the US midterm elections, don’t count on a Democratic Congress to soften Trump’s hard line on China

David Shambaugh says a confrontational bipartisan consensus towards China has taken shape in the US, and won’t be resolved until Beijing makes changes.

David Shambaugh says a confrontational bipartisan consensus towards China has taken shape in the US, and won’t be resolved until Beijing makes changes.

2 Nov 2018 - 4:42AM
The US gives more to Asean than China does. Asean just needs to know it

While China may get all the attention, thanks to its proximity and its economic strength, US investment in Asean is still consistently higher, and its assistance goes beyond economics into security, culture and education.

While China may get all the attention, thanks to its proximity and its economic strength, US investment in Asean is still consistently higher, and its assistance goes beyond economics into security, culture and education.

7 Aug 2018 - 5:02AM
Under Xi Jinping, a return in China to the dangers of an all-powerful leader

Xi has proven himself to be a visionary leader, but by systematically dismantling the institutions and rules set up by Deng to protect the country from the excesses of strongman rule, he is also setting a dangerous precedent for the future.

Xi has proven himself to be a visionary leader, but by systematically dismantling the institutions and rules set up by Deng to protect the country from the excesses of strongman rule, he is also setting a dangerous precedent for the future.

1 Mar 2018 - 10:36PM
Can Trump strengthen America’s influence in Asia during his visit?

This regional economic powerhouse is vital to the US, and Trump must win over leaders with reassurances of US commitment. Boorish behaviour will not be tolerated

This regional economic powerhouse is vital to the US, and Trump must win over leaders with reassurances of US commitment. Boorish behaviour will not be tolerated

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Reform or repression: what will the next five years bring for China?

In dismantling the old power bases, Xi Jinping has also severely weakened the bureaucratic institutions built up to prevent the over-concentration of power in one man

In dismantling the old power bases, Xi Jinping has also severely weakened the bureaucratic institutions built up to prevent the over-concentration of power in one man

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
Watching the signs: Can honesty and candour define Xi Jinping’s first state visit to the US?

David Shambaugh says given the real differences between China and the US on matters of national interest, expectations for any breakthrough during Xi's visit to Washington are decidedly modest.

David Shambaugh says given the real differences between China and the US on matters of national interest, expectations for any breakthrough during Xi's visit to Washington are decidedly modest.

23 Sep 2015 - 9:26AM
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