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David Shambaugh

Former Distinguished Fellow


    September 5, 2023 — January 31, 2024

    Professional affiliation

    Gaston Sigur Professor of Asian Studies, Political Science & International Affairs; Director, China Policy Program, George Washington University


    • Cold War
    • Chinese Politics and Foreign Relations
    • US-China

    Wilson Center Projects

    Disillusionment and Disengagement: How China Lost America

    Full Biography

    Professor David Shambaugh is an internationally recognized scholar and award-winning author on contemporary China and the international relations of Asia. An active public intellectual and frequent commentator in the international media, he serves on numerous editorial boards, and has been a consultant to governments, research institutions, foundations, universities, corporations, banks, and investment funds. As an author, Professor Shambaugh has published 36 books and over 200 articles. He also served in the U.S. Department of State and National Security Council during the Carter administration, on the Board of Directors of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, the Advisory Council of the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and its Board of Studies, and other public policy and scholarly organizations. Before joining the George Washington University faculty Professor Shambaugh was Reader in Chinese Politics at the University of London’s School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) from 1988-1996, where he also served as Editor of The China Quarterly.

    Major Publications

    • China's Leaders: From Mao to Now
    • Where Great Powers Meet: America & China in Southeast Asia
    • China Goes Global: The Partial Power

    Previous Terms

    August 1, 2002-May 1, 2003