Apr 10, 2014
Will China Democratize?
A discussion celebrating the publication of “Will China Democratize?”, a Journal of Democracy book edited by Andrew J. Nathan, Larry Diamond, and Marc F. Plattner, published by Johns Hopkins University Press
Sponsored by The International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy
- Louisa Greve, National Endowment for Democracy
- Andrew J. Nathan, Columbia University
- Minxin Pei, Claremont McKenna College
- Marc F. Plattner, Journal of Democracy
Thursday, April 10, 2014
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
National Endowment for Democracy
1025 F. Street, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, D.C.
About the Event
A year ago the International Forum for Democratic Studies convened a panel entitled “China at the Tipping Point?” based on the series of articles that appeared under that title in the January 2013 Journal of Democracy.
It is also approximately a year since the turnover of power within the Chinese Communist Party that brought President Xi Jinping to the country’s top leadership position. Many observers expected that Xi would prove to be a reformer, but so far there is little evidence that this has been the case, at least with respect to political reform.
The panel evaluated developments over the past year and examined in what ways China may be moving closer to or farther from a “tipping point.” The panelists are contributors to Will China Democratize?, a Journal of Democracy book edited by Andrew J. Nathan, Larry Diamond, and Marc F. Plattner that was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in the fall of 2013.
About the Speakers
Louisa Greve is vice president for Asia, Middle East & North Africa, and Global Programs at the National Endowment for Democracy, where she previously served as director for East Asia, senior program officer, and program officer. She has studied, worked, and travelled in Asia since 1980 and has testified before Congressional committees on human rights in China and democracy promotion in Asia.
Andrew J. Nathan is Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. His teaching and research interests include Chinese politics and foreign policy, the comparative study of political participation and political culture, and human rights. Prof. Nathan’s most recent other book is China’s Search for Security, co-authored with Andrew Scobell.
Minxin Pei is the Tom and Margot Pritzker ’72 Professor of Government and the director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna College. His research focuses on democratization in developing countries, economic reform and governance in China, and U.S.-China relations. His books include China’s Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy.
Marc F. Plattner (moderator) is coeditor of the Journal of Democracy, vice-president for research and studies at the National Endowment for Democracy, and co-chair of the research council of the International Forum for Democratic Studies. His latest book is Democracy without Borders? Global Challenges to Liberal Democracy.