Elizabeth Economy

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Elizabeth Economy is a senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and the Senior Fellow for China Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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: 24th Forum 2000 Conference | Day 2

interview with Elizabeth Economyvia Forum 2000
Friday, October 16, 2020

(2:26:25) Hoover Institution fellow Elizabeth Economy discusses what needs to be done to enable Belarusians to decide their future? Has Asia become a new center of the global battle of ideas? What is next for the US foreign policy post-Covid and post(?)-Trump? And are Joe Biden's and Donald Trump's foreign policy objectives indeed so different?

Elizabeth Economy at the 24th Forum 2000 Conference (2:24:00)

interview with Elizabeth Economyvia Forum 2000
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Elizabeth Economy discusses China and Asia.


Elizabeth Economy On Straight Talk With Hank Paulson

interview with Elizabeth Economyvia Straight Talk with Hank Paulson
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Elizabeth Economy discusses how US-China ties have evolved in recent years, Xi Jinping's ambitions, and where the Sino-American relationship is headed.

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China's Crackdown Against Corruption: Lessons For India

quoting Elizabeth Economyvia CNBC TV18
Monday, September 28, 2020

Since 2012, approximately 30 lakh officials have been implicated in the anti-corruption movement, which has focused on the judiciary, finance sector, law enforcement, among others.


An Order Aligned With Chinese Values

by Elizabeth Economyvia Lowy Institute
Friday, September 25, 2020
There is no mystery around Chinese president Xi Jinping’s global ambitions. His oft cited “community of shared destiny”, “great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation”, and aspiration to “lead in the reform of the global governance system”, all speak in one form or another to his desire to transform the rules-based order in ways that will align it more closely with Chinese values, norms, and policy preferences.
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Xi’s Zeal Spells Trouble For World Order

quoting Elizabeth Economyvia Tribune India
Monday, September 21, 2020

By stifling debate and dissent, Xi has made China’s system rigid and fear-ridden. Xi’s centralisation of power and controls on information flows has slowed decision-making, as was evident in the handling of the Covid-19 outbreak in January, when the authorities wasted a full fortnight in getting Xi’s approval before imposing the quarantine on Wuhan.


Elizabeth Economy: The Dangers Of A US-China Showdown

interview with Elizabeth Economyvia CNN
Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Elizabeth Economy examines the real-world implications of a US-China face-off. 

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Elizabeth Economy: Xi And China’s Third Revolution

featuring Elizabeth Economyvia Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Monday, August 3, 2020

At the precipice of a new cold war, China has more instruments of power than it has ever had, but challenges and missteps mean that the world’s democratic countries still have the upper hand—at least for the moment, says Elizabeth Economy, director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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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.