The Dragon Roars Back: Transformational Leaders and Dynamics of Chinese Foreign Policy

Key information

5:15 pm to 6:45 pm
Russell Square: College Buildings

About this event

China is unique in modern world history.

No other rising power has experienced China's turbulent history in its relations with neighbours and Western countries. Today, with leader Xi Jinping's political authority unmatched, Xi's sense of mission to restore what he believes is China's natural position as a great power drives the current course of the nation's foreign policy.

What are the primary forces and how have these forces driven China's reemergence to global power and shaped its international behaviour in the past, now, and possibly the future?

Suisheng Zhao’s talk will attempt to find answers to these questions based on the research of his new book that develops a leadership-centred framework to weave together complex events, processes, and players and provide a historically in-depth, conceptually comprehensive, and up-to-date analysis of Chinese foreign policy transitions since the founding of the People's Republic of China. (PRC).

About the speaker

Suisheng Zhao is a Professor and Director of the Center for China-US Cooperation at Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. He is the founder and editor of the Journal of Contemporary China and the author and editor of more than two dozen of books.

His most recent book is The Dragon Roars Back: Transformational Leaders and Dynamics of Chinese Foreign Policy (Stanford University Press, 2022). A Post-Doctoral Campbell National Fellow at Hoover Institution of Stanford University, he received his Ph.D. degree in political science from the University of California-San Diego, an M.A. degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri, and BA and M.A. degrees in economics from Peking University.

Chair: Professor Steve Tsang (Director, SOAS China Institute)


This event is open to the public and free to attend, however registration is required. 

Please note that this seminar is taking place on campus and will not be recorded or live-streamed.

Organiser: SOAS China Institute