Democratizing China: Insights from Theory and History

April 28, 2016
12:00 pm - 02:00 pm

About the Event 

Please join us for a discussion on “Democratizing China: Insights from Theory and History” to mark the publication of Minxin Pei’s forthcoming book China’s Crony Capitalism: The Dynamics of Regime Change (available August 2016). David Shambaugh and Geoff Dyer will provide comments.


  • Minxin Pei, Claremont McKenna College
  • David Shambaugh, George Washington University
  • Geoff Dyer, Financial Times

moderated by

  • Marc F. Plattner, Journal of Democracy

About the Speakers

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. He is also a non-resident senior fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He is the author of From Reform to Revolution: The Demise of Communism in China and the Soviet Union and China’s Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy. Dr. Pei’s research has been published in Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, Modern China, China Quarterly, Journal of Democracy and many edited books. Dr. Pei is a frequent commentator on BBC World News, Voice of America, and National Public Radio; his op-eds have appeared in the Financial Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek International, International Herald Tribune, and other major newspapers.

Geoff Dyer has worked for the Financial Times for over a decade in China, Brazil, the UK and now the US. He was the FT bureau chief in Beijing from 2008 to 2011, following three years working for the paper in Shanghai. He has also been the paper’s Brazil bureau chief and covered the healthcare industry, where he wrote extensively about the Aids epidemic in Africa and Asia. He now works in the FT Washington DC bureau, writing about American foreign policy. Dyer is the author of Contest of the Century: the New Era of Competition with China.

David Shambaugh is a professor of political science & international affairs and director of the China Policy Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He has served on the Board of Directors of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, U.S. Asia-Pacific Council, and other public policy and scholarly organizations. He has published more than thirty books, most recently China’s Future and The China Reader: Rising Power.


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