Leading China expert Dr. David M. Lampton discusses China's leadership, the nation's future strategic role and the challenges facing President Xi Jinping, in a conversation with National Committee on U.S.-China Relations President Stephen Orlins at National Committee program conducted at the New York Institute of Technology in New York City on March 26, 2014.
Dr. Lampton introduces his just-published book Following the Leader: Ruling China, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping (University of California Press), which explores China's political elite in part through hundreds of interviews that describe how China's leaders intend to move forward, reflect on policies and consider the challenges before them. Dr. Lampton is the George and Sadie Hyman Professor and Director of China studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and also head of SAIS China, Chairman of the Asia Foundation and author of several books.
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Dr. David M. Lampton
David M. Lampton is Director of Chinese Studies at The Nixon Center and is George and Sadie Hyman Professor of China Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Before joining SAIS and The Nixon Center, he was president of the National Committee on United States-China Relations in New York City. The National Committee is the nation's oldest non-profit, educational organization devoted to enhancing mutual understanding among the peoples of the United States and China's mainland, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.
Prior to 1988, Mr. Lampton was director of the China Policy Program at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC, and associate professor of political science at Ohio State University. Mr. Lampton is the author of numerous books and articles on Chinese domestic and foreign affairs, with articles appearing in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New York Times, and The Christian Science Monitor. Most recently, he was the author of Same Bed, Different Dreams: Managing U.S.-China Relations, 1989-2000 (University of California Press, 2001), and editor of The Making of Chinese Foreign and Security Policy in the Age of Reform, 1978-2000 (Stanford University Press, 2001). He has appeared on the MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour, This Week with David Brinkley, NBC's Today show, ABC Evening News with Peter Jennings, and CNN, among others. Mr. Lampton received his Ph.D. and undergraduate degrees from Stanford University and has lived in the PRC, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.