Confucius Institute Lecture Series

Edinburgh’s annual Confucius Institute Distinguished Lecture Series features six talks from eminent experts on China

The Series continues with a visit from Professor David Shambaugh from George Washington University.

His lecture ‘China at the crossroads: Major reform policy’ is the second in the series of talks.

The series began with a lecture on contemporary Chinese fiction from David Der-wei Wang, Professor of Chinese Literature at Harvard University.

Professor Shambaugh’s lecture will focus on the main challenges confronting the current Beijing leadership.

David Shambaugh is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and founding Director of the China Policy Program in the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

The lecture will explore a number the major challenges confronting the current Beijing leadership and assess the progress being made in economic, social, political, environmental and foreign policy.

Professor David Shambaugh

Professor Shambaugh was previously Reader in Chinese Politics in the University of London’s School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), where he also served as Editor of The China Quarterly. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Committee on US - China relations and is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, Council on Foreign Relations and the US Asia-Pacific Council.

David Shambaugh’s lecture will take place on Monday 9 March in lecture theatre G.03 at 50 George Square from 5.30pm-7pm and will be followed by a drinks reception.

Forthcoming Lectures

Future speakers in this year’s Distinguished Lecture Series include Zhang Longxi, Chair Professor of Comparative Literature and Translation at City University of Hong Kong and Wang Ban, Professor of Chinese Studies, Stanford University.

The series is a collaboration with the Confucius Institute at the University of Newcastle. Lectures will be delivered in both Edinburgh and Newcastle.

We are delighted to secure some of the world’s most renowned Chinese Studies academics for this year’s Distinguished Lecture Series. The lectures will address key issues relating to China in a global perspective and further reinforce collaborations with universities around the world.

Natascha GentzDirector of the Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh