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China's Communist Party: Atrophy and Adaptation

David Shambaugh will be discussing his new book China's Communist Party: Atrophy and Adaptation.

April 22, 2008 12:00am

China's Communist Party: Atrophy and Adaptation is a new book by David Shambaugh, a Professor of Politics & International Affairs and Director of the China Policy Program at George Washington University

Few issues affect the future of China—and hence all the nations that interact with China—more than the nature of its ruling party and government. In this timely study, David Shambaugh assesses the strengths and weaknesses, durability, adaptability and potential longevity of China’s Communist Party (CCP). He argues that although the CCP has been in a protracted state of atrophy, it has undertaken a number of adaptive measures aimed at reinventing itself and strengthening its rule. Shambaugh’s investigation draws on a unique set of inner-Party documents and interviews, and he finds that the CCP is resilient and will continue to retain its grip on power.

The Elliott School of International Affairs, Lindner Family Commons
5:00 - 6:30 pm

With commentary from:

Harry Harding, University Professor of Politics & International Affairs, The George Washington University

RSVP: Please RSVP with your name, affiliation, and e-mail to by Friday, April 18, 2008.

Copies of the book will be available for sale.

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