Dr. Elizabeth Economy

Director for Asia Studies and C.V. Starr Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations

Xi Jinping and China's Third Revolution

About the Topic

In 2012, China's Xi Jinping lauded “the great renewal of the Chinese nation.”  Since then Xi has centralized power under his personal leadership, deepened controls on society, tightened the flow of capital and ideas, and moved to project an ambitious role for China around the world.  

China scholar Dr. Elizabeth Economy contends that “questions abound as to Xi’s true intentions.”  She will assess the transformation of a Xi-led China and outline ways the U.S. — and its allies — might best respond to achieve their own policy objectives in this new era.

About the Speaker

Dr. Elizabeth Economy is the director for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and a distinguished fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Among her several books on China, the most recent, The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State explores the contradictions in Xi’s reforms and how the U.S. "should think about its policy toward China." 

Broadly published in foreign policy and scholarly journals, Dr. Economy has testified before Congress and consulted for U.S. agencies and businesses. In June, Politico Magazine cited her as one of the “10 Names That Matter on China Policy.”