The Chinese Communist Party, the U.S., and the Year of Selection and Elections

This program was co-sponsored by the Harriman Institute and is part of the WEAI Annual Hugh Borton and Philip Mosely Distinguished Lecture on Eurasia series.


Speaker Bio

Richard McGregor is Washington Bureau Chief for the Financial Times, leading the newspaper’s coverage of American politics and managing its DC-based team of reporters.

Previously, McGregor served as the FT’s deputy news editor in London, as well as Beijing bureau chief and Shanghai correspondent. Prior to joining the FT, he was the chief political correspondent and China correspondent for The Australian. He has also reported for the International Herald Tribune, the BBC and the Far Eastern Economic Review.

McGregor has won numerous awards throughout his nearly two decades of reporting from north Asia, including a 2010 Society of Publishers in Asia Editorial Excellence Award (Excellence in Reporting Breaking News category) for his coverage on the Xinjiang Riots and 2008 SOPA Awards for Editorial Intelligence (Excellence in Opinion Writing and Excellence in Feature Writing categories). He is author of The Party; The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers (2010), described by The Economist as a "masterful depiction" of the Chinese political system. The Party was awarded the third annual Bernard Schwartz Prize by the Asia Society in New York in 2011 for nonfiction books making an outstanding contribution to understanding Asia.

McGregor was born in Australia. He graduated from Sydney University and began his career as a journalist in Sydney.


Moderator Bio

Alexander Cooley is Tow Professor of Political Science at Barnard College.  His research examines how external actors – including international organizations, multinational companies, non-governmental organizations, and foreign military bases – have influenced the development and sovereignty of the former Soviet states, with a focus on Central Asia and the Caucasus.

Cooley has just completed a new book on the politics of U.S.-Russia-China competition for influence in Central Asia, titled Great Games, Local Rules: The New Great Power Contest for Central Asia (forthcoming Oxford University Press, 2012).  In addition to his academic research, Cooley has contributed policy-related articles and opinion pieces to The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy and The Washington Quarterly and he regularly provides commentary to international media outlets on Eurasia-related topics.  Cooley earned both his MA (1995) and PhD (1999) from Columbia University.



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