Elizabeth Economy

Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Biography: 

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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Elizabeth Economy: COVID-19 and China | Hoover Virtual Policy Briefing

interview with Elizabeth Economyvia Hoover Podcasts
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Elizabeth Economy discusses COVID-19 and China.

Elizabeth Economy: COVID-19 and China

interview with Elizabeth Economyvia Hoover Virtual Policy Briefings
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

A Hoover Virtual Policy Briefing with Elizabeth Economy: COVID-19 and China
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 11AM PT/ 2PM ET.

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Elizabeth Economy: After COVID-19: China's Role In The World And U.S.-China Relations

interview with Elizabeth Economyvia Council on Foreign Relations
Monday, April 20, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Elizabeth Economy discusses China and the US-China relationship in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Elizabeth Economy: How China Could Use This Moment To Charge Ahead With Its Geopolitical Agenda

interview with Elizabeth Economyvia CNBC
Friday, April 10, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Elizabeth Economy sees China forging ahead with its national development goals long laid out before the virus.

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Elizabeth Economy: Fred Hochberg On The U.S.-China Trade Deal And U.S. Trade Policy

interview with Elizabeth Economyvia Council on Foreign Relations
Monday, February 24, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Elizabeth Economy discusses some common misunderstandings surrounding trade deals as well as what the United States’ trade policy might be with China. Economy also talks about how the upcoming presidential election might affect US trade policy.

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The Coronavirus Is A Stress Test For Xi Jinping

by Elizabeth Economyvia Foreign Affairs
Monday, February 10, 2020

[Subscription Required] On February 4, Cui Tiankai, China’s ambassador to the United States, prepared to address an audience of students, scholars, and businesspeople in San Diego, California. Before the ambassador could speak, a young Chinese man stood up and yelled, “Xi Jinping, step down!” Security quickly whisked the man away, and the event went on.

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Elizabeth Economy: Coronavirus Latest: How China Is Responding To The Spreading Outbreak

interview with Elizabeth Economyvia WBUR
Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Elizabeth Economy discusses China's response to the spreading outbreak of coronavirus.

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Elizabeth Economy: Yanzhong Huang On The Wuhan Coronavirus And China's Disease Control System

interview with Elizabeth Economyvia Council on Foreign Relations
Friday, January 24, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Elizabeth Economy discusses the coronavirus, its cause, the Chinese government’s response, and potential areas for international collaboration.

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Elizabeth Economy: The Third Revolution

interview with Elizabeth Economyvia New Books Network
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Elizabeth Economy discusses navigating the US-China relationship including trade issues, which have implications for the global economy.

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Elizabeth Economy: Making Sense Of China's Role In Latin America

interview with Elizabeth Economyvia Yahoo Finance
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Elizabeth Economy disucsses the extent to which China is expanding its operations — and by so doing, courting both allies and pariahs of the United States. Should America view this as a direct threat, or is China simply extending the reach of its Belt and Road initiative in order to maintain essential raw material supply chains? 

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