Hoover Institution (Stanford, California) – David Shambaugh, an internationally recognized authority and award-winning writer about contemporary China, will join the Hoover Institution as a distinguished visiting fellow. His appointment is effective February 1, 2024.

Shambaugh is the Gaston Sigur Professor of Asian Studies, Political Science, and International Affairs and also the founding director of the China Policy Program at the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Before joining the faculty at GWU, Shambaugh was a professor at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies and editor of the school’s influential publication, China Quarterly.

In addition to his academic work, Shambaugh had a distinguished career in government, serving in both the Department of State and on the White House National Security staff during the administration of President Jimmy Carter.

A prolific author, Shambaugh has written or edited more than 30 books. His most recent works include International Relations of Asia (Rowman and Littlefield, third edition, 2022); China’s Leaders from Mao to Now (Polity, 2021); Where Great Powers Meet: America & China in Southeast Asia (Oxford University Press, 2021); and China & the World (Oxford University Press, 2020).

"The Hoover Institution is delighted to have appointed Professor David Shambaugh as a distinguished visiting fellow during the 2023‒24 academic year,” said Condoleezza Rice, Hoover Institution director and America’s 66th secretary of state. “David is one of our nation's leading scholars of China and US-China relations, and his presence will contribute much to our community of scholars."

Shambaugh’s appointment coincides with Hoover’s increased activity on developing policy research that addresses the People’s Republic of China’s efforts to reshape international norms and institutions, its strategic competition with the United States, and its threats to its democratic neighbors in the Indo-Pacific Region, most notably Taiwan.

In convening multidisciplinary teams of scholars, Hoover has been able to generate leading research on a host of issues related to China’s aggression and ambitions, including the Chinese Communist Party’s influence operations in the West and in the developing world; Beijing’s deployment of a digital currency and its challenge to the US dollar’s international dominance; and how Taiwan can develop effective deterrents against a potential invasion by China.

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