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David Shambaugh to Give Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture at W&L

David Shambaugh, professor of political science and international affairs and a founding director of the China Policy Program at George Washington University, will give a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar lecture at Washington and Lee University on Thursday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library.

The title of the lecture is “China’s Global Identities: The Conflicted Rising Power” and is free and open to the public.

A number of things will influence what kind of role China will take on the international stage, but, Shambaugh says, “China’s own conceptions of itself and its global responsibilities will be a major determining factor.” He will explore “the domestic discourse in China concerning its international identities” and will link these to alternative foreign policy postures that Beijing assumes on the world stage.

Shambaugh, one of the nation’s leading experts on China, is a nonresident senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. He has authored or edited 25 books and over 200 articles and book chapters. His most recent publications are Charting China’s Future; China’s Communist Party: Atrophy and Adaptation; International Relations of Asia;  China-Europe Relations; and China Goes Global (forthcoming).

Shambaugh is a board member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations and a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Council on Foreign Relations and the United States Asia Pacific Council.

Before joining the faculty at GWU, Shambaugh taught at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies, where he also was editor of The China Quarterly. He has been a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, an honorary research professor at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences and a senior Fulbright research scholar at the China Academy of Social Sciences’ Institute of World Economics and Politics.

Shambaugh earned his B.A. from George Washington University, his M.A. from Johns Hopkins University and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

The Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program makes available each year a dozen or so distinguished scholars who will visit colleges and universities with chapters of Phi Beta Kappa. They spend two days on each campus, meeting informally with students and faculty members, taking part in classroom discussions in addition to giving a public lecture.

The purpose of the program is to contribute to the intellectual life of the institution by making possible an exchange of ideas between the Visiting Scholars and the faculty and students. The program was established in 1956.

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