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Elizabeth Economy

Elizabeth Economy

Elizabeth Economy is the C.V. Starr senior fellow and director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Dr. Economy has published widely on both Chinese domestic and foreign policy. Her most recent book, with Michael Levi, is By All Means Necessary: How China’s Resource Quest is Changing the World (Oxford University Press, 2014). She is also the author of the award-winning book The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China’s Future (Cornell University Press, 2004; 2nd edition, 2010).

Dr. Economy is a frequent guest on nationally broadcast television and radio programs, has testified before Congress on numerous occasions, and regularly consults for U.S. government agencies and companies. She writes about topics involving China on CFR’s Asia Program blog, Asia Unbound, which is syndicated by Forbes.com.

Dr. Economy serves on the board of managers of Swarthmore College and the board of trustees of the Asia Foundation. She is also on the advisory council of Network 20/20 and the science advisory council of the Stockholm Environment Forum. She is a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Global Agenda Council on the United States and served as a member and then vice chair of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of China from 2008 to 2014.

Dr. Economy received her BA from Swarthmore College, her AM from Stanford University, and her PhD from the University of Michigan.

Forty-Five Minutes With Joshua Wong
June 05, 2016
Forty-Five Minutes With Joshua Wong
The author meets with the well-known Hong Kong activist.
Forty-Five Minutes With Joshua Wong
Xi Jinping’s Virtual Political Reality
February 27, 2016
Xi Jinping’s Virtual Political Reality
"Xi wants to construct his own political reality."
Xi Jinping’s Virtual Political Reality
China and Climate Change: Three Things to Watch After Paris
December 19, 2015
China and Climate Change: Three Things to Watch After Paris
China has made its promises. Will it now deliver?
China and Climate Change: Three Things to Watch After Paris
The Return of China's Environmental Avenger
October 02, 2015
The Return of China's Environmental Avenger
Pan Yue, China’s most outspoken, innovative, and articulate environmental official, is back in action.
The Return of China's Environmental Avenger
A Small Chinese Experiment With Large Environmental Implications
August 28, 2015
A Small Chinese Experiment With Large Environmental Implications
Behind the headlines, local efforts are trying to find workable solutions to China's environmental woes.
A Small Chinese Experiment With Large Environmental Implications
The Environmental Problem China Can No Longer Overlook
July 17, 2015
The Environmental Problem China Can No Longer Overlook
China's Ministry of Environmental Protection is taking steps to clean up soil contamination. Will it be enough?
The Environmental Problem China Can No Longer Overlook
The Debate on U.S.-China Relations: Make Room, Make Way, or Make Hay
May 23, 2015
The Debate on U.S.-China Relations: Make Room, Make Way, or Make Hay
Three recent papers attempt to look at the next stage of the world's most important relationship.
The Debate on U.S.-China Relations: Make Room, Make Way, or Make Hay
Is China’s Environmental Tide Turning? 4 Things to Watch
May 23, 2015
Is China’s Environmental Tide Turning? 4 Things to Watch
Four barometers for gauging the progress of China's "war on pollution."
Is China’s Environmental Tide Turning? 4 Things to Watch
Why India Won't Follow in China's Environmental Footsteps
April 06, 2015
Why India Won't Follow in China's Environmental Footsteps
India's environmental challenges will not mirror China's.
Why India Won't Follow in China's Environmental Footsteps
The AIIB Debacle: What Washington Should Do Now
March 21, 2015
The AIIB Debacle: What Washington Should Do Now
U.S. strategy on China's new bank has been flawed from the start. Time to step back and regroup.
The AIIB Debacle: What Washington Should Do Now
China's Next Challenge: The Depletion of Global Natural Resources
February 28, 2015
China's Next Challenge: The Depletion of Global Natural Resources
China is cleaning up its act at home, but will leaders be willing to tackle illegal environmental depredations abroad?
China's Next Challenge: The Depletion of Global Natural Resources
China’s Environmental Enforcement Glitch
January 21, 2015
China’s Environmental Enforcement Glitch
Local governments need more funding and training to meet Beijing's ambitious environmental protection goals.
China’s Environmental Enforcement Glitch
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