The Asia Foundation’s David M. Lampton Named Most Influential China Watcher

San Francisco, January 30, 2015 — The Asia Foundation’s Chairman of the Board David M. Lampton was recently named the most influential China watcher by the Institute of International Relations at the China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing. Researchers assessed 158 experts and ranked the 20 most important and influential China observers in the United States. The report also includes Cheng Li, director of the John L. Thornton China Center, Kenneth G. Lieberthal, senior fellow in Foreign Policy and Global Economy and Development at the Brookings Institute, and David Shambaugh, professor of Political Science and International Affairs and director of the China Policy Program at George Washington University among others. This was first reported by China Social Sciences News (CSSN).

A leading expert on China affairs, Dr. Lampton is currently Hyman Professor and Director of China Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where he also heads SAIS China, the school’s overall presence in the PRC. Former president of the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and former Dean of Faculty at SAIS, Dr. Lampton is also the author of Following the Leader: Ruling China, from Deng Xiaoping to Xi Jinping (2014), The Three Faces of Chinese Power: Might, Money, and Minds (2008) and The Making of Chinese Foreign and Security Policy (editor, 2001).

Dr. Lampton joined the Foundation’s Board of Trustees in 2006, becoming the Chairman of the Board in 2014. He received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Stanford University, and holds an honorary doctorate from the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Far Eastern Studies. He is also an Honorary Senior Fellow of the American Studies Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, was winner of the Scalapino Prize in 2010, and is a Gilman Scholar at Johns Hopkins.

China Foreign Affairs University is the only institution of higher learning under the guidance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of P.R. China. The university was founded in 1955 under the suggestion of the late Premier Zhou Enlai.

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