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China's Changing National Security Strategy under Xi Jinping

IMG - Sheena Greitens
Sheena Chestnut Greitens (University of Texas-Austin)

Date: 22 March 2021Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 22 March 2021Time: 6:30 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Webinar



This paper argues that Xi Jinping has pursued a new national security strategy for China: he has articulated a revised understanding of the threat environment facing China, proposed new doctrine by which the party-state's resources should be deployed to address those threats, and operationalized those changes in the organization, budgets, laws, and policies of China's national security apparatus. To the extent that one considers grand strategy "a state's theory of how to cause security for itself," these changes constitute a new Chinese grand strategy.  The paper traces the development and operationalization of this grand strategy, and argues that to accurately understand China's internal and external behavior, Western conceptions of grand strategy need to be reconceptualized to include a much larger role for internal security.

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China's Changing National Security Strategy under Xi Jinping

About the speaker

Sheena Chestnut Greitens is Associate Professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin, and an affiliate of the University’s Strauss Center and Clements Center for National Security.  She is also a non-resident senior fellow at Brookings' Center for East Asia Policy Studies. Her research focuses on American national security, East Asia, and authoritarian politics. Her first book, Dictators and Their Secret Police, won several awards, and her work regularly appears in academic, policy, and media outlets in the U.S. and Asia. Greitens holds a PhD from Harvard University; an M.Phil from Oxford University, where she studied as a Marshall Scholar; and a bachelor's from Stanford University.  She is currently working on a book manuscript about China’s domestic security policies and their importance for China’s role in the world.


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

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