Elizabeth Economy

Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Elizabeth Economy is the C. V. Starr senior fellow and director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and a distinguished visiting fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.

Dr. Economy is an acclaimed author and expert on Chinese domestic and foreign policy. Her recently released book, The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State, (Oxford University Press, 2018) analyzes the contradictory nature of reform under President Xi Jinping. She is also author of By All Means Necessary: How China's Resource Quest is Changing the World (Oxford University Press, 2014) with Michael Levi and The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China's Future (Cornell University Press, 2004; 2nd edition, 2010; Japanese edition, 2005; Chinese edition, 2011). Dr. Economy has published articles in foreign policy and scholarly journals including Foreign AffairsForeign Policy, and the Harvard Business Review; and op-eds in the New York Times and Washington Post, among others. In June 2018, Dr. Economy was named one of the “10 Names That Matter on China Policy” by Politico Magazine.

Dr. Economy serves on the board of managers of Swarthmore College and the board of trustees of the Asia Foundation and the National Committee on US-China Relations. She was also on the advisory council of Network 20/20 and the science advisory council of the Stockholm Environment Forum. She served as a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Global Agenda Council on the United States from 2014 to 2016 and served as a member and then vice chair of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of China from 2008 to 2014. She has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses at Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies.

Dr. Economy received her BA from Swarthmore College, her AM from Stanford University, and her PhD from the University of Michigan. In 2008, she received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Vermont Law School.                                          

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Recent Commentary

In the News

China Watchers In US Debate ‘Strategic Competitor’ Label Donald Trump Has Pinned On Beijing

quoting Elizabeth Economyvia South China Morning Post
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Prominent China policy analysts clashed on Tuesday in New York over Washington’s portrayal of the country as a strategic competitor, a designation that has defined US President Donald Trump’s hard-line approach to Beijing since he started a bilateral trade war last year.

In the News

Russia Secretly Offered North Korea A Denuclearization Deal Last Year

quoting Elizabeth Economyvia Citizen Truth
Friday, February 1, 2019

A secret offer between Russia and North Korea is being viewed by analysts as a move by Russia to assert its influence on the world stage.


Elizabeth Economy: The Third Revolution: Xi JinPing and the New Chinese State

interview with Elizabeth Economyvia The Lionel Gelber Prize
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Elizabeth Economy discusses her book The Third Revolution: Xi JinPing and the New Chinese State.

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Elizabeth Economy: Trade War Adding To Mounting Pressures On China's Xi Jinping (1:24)

by Elizabeth Economyvia CNBC
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Elizabeth Economy breaks down the potential impact of the talks between the United States and China.

Analysis and Commentary

US-China Relations At 40

by Elizabeth Economyvia The Diplomat
Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2019 should be a year of celebration; it marks 40 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and China. Bilateral trade and investment between the two countries has grown exponentially from $5 billion in 1980 to $710 billion in 2017; student exchange and tourism numbers have soared; and peace has been maintained in the Asia-Pacific.

Inside Xi Jinping’s Plan to Dominate the World

by Elizabeth Economyvia Bloomberg
Friday, December 28, 2018

Elizabeth Economy’s “The Third Revolution” makes the case that China is most dangerous in the realm of ideas.

The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State

by Elizabeth Economyvia Cambridge University Press
Saturday, December 1, 2018

A review of The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State by Elizabeth C. Economy.


CLM Insights: Interview With Elizabeth Economy

by Elizabeth Economyvia China Leadership Monitor
Saturday, December 1, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Elizabeth Economy discusses her latest book, China’s Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State.


Elizabeth Economy: How Trump’s Unconventional Diplomacy Will Affect The G-20

by Elizabeth Economyvia PBS News Hour
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Elizabeth Economy discusses the two-day G-20 summit where China, trade, and Saudi Arabia will be in the spotlight.

Chinese Influence & American Interests: Promoting Constructive Vigilance

by Elizabeth Economy
Thursday, November 29, 2018
A group of leading experts on Chinese and American foreign policy release their report https://hvr.co/2FKJIt7 documenting China's efforts to influence American society and call for "constructive vigilance."