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Wed February 11, 2009
Dowmel Lecture: Minxin Pei
Great Barrington, MA – Minxin Pei is a senior associate and director of the China Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His research focuses on democ ratization in developing countries, economic reform and governance in China, and U.S.-China relations. He is the author of From Reform to Revolution: The Demise of Communism in China and the Soviet Union (Harvard University Press, 1994) and China's Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy. Pei's research has been published in Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, Modern China, China Quarterly, Journal of Democracy and many edited books. Pei is a frequent commentator on BBC World News, Voice of America, and National Public Radio; his op-eds have appeared in the Financial Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek International, and International Herald Tribune, and other major newspapers.
Dr. Pei has a B.A. Shanghai International Studies University; M.F.A., University
of Pittsburgh; M.A., Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University and speaks
fluent Mandarin Chinese. His latest book, China's Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy published in 2008, discusses the rise of China as a great power which is one of the most important developments in the 21 st century. Despite dramatic economic progress, China's prospects remain uncertain. Pei examines the sustainability of the Chinese Communist Party's reform strategy-pursuing pro-market economic policies under one-party rule.