IRC Book Club: China's Future
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IRC Book Club: China's Future

To follow up from the CHINA Town Hall on October 24, please join us on Wednesday, November 1, as we discuss the future of China as part of the IRC Book Club. This program is free and open to the public, though reservations are requested to help with planning.

When: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, Missouri  64110
United States
Contact: Jack McLaren

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About the Book Club
The IRC Book Club gives participants the opportunity to discuss foreign affairs, global topics, authors' perspectives, historical events, and their current local relevance in a respectful, engaging setting. Convened by seasoned Great Decisions leader Jack McLaren, the group meets every six to eight weeks to dig into a different author's work.

Next Meeting
Wednesday, November 1, 6:30-8 p.m.
Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110)
Session Leader: Stephen Steigman, IRC board member and chief of broadcast operations for KCUR 89.3
This is a free program that is open to the public, though reservations are requested to help with planning.
For those who would like to continue the discussion after 8:00, the group may move to some place like the Brooksider.

Currently Reading
China's Future
by David Shambaugh – 244 pages

Available for purchase (hardback, paperback, or e-reader): Amazon » Ebay »
Check out local booksellers: Rainy Day Books »
Because this is such a new book, it is not currently available at area libraries, but do feel free to inquire.

Description: China's future is arguably the most consequential question in global affairs. Having enjoyed unprecedented levels of growth, China is at a critical juncture in the development of its economy, society, polity, national security, and international relations. The direction the nation takes at this turning point will determine whether it stalls or continues to develop and prosper. Will China be successful in implementing a new wave of transformational reforms that could last decades and make it the world's leading superpower? Or will its leaders shy away from the drastic changes required because the regime's power is at risk? If so, will that lead to prolonged stagnation or even regime collapse? Might China move down a more liberal or even democratic path? Or will China instead emerge as a hard, authoritarian and aggressive superstate? In this new book, David Shambaugh argues that these potential pathways are all possibilities - but they depend on key decisions yet to be made by China's leaders, different pressures from within Chinese society, as well as actions taken by other nations. Assessing these scenarios and their implications, he offers a thoughtful and clear study of China's future for all those seeking to understand the country's likely trajectory over the coming decade and beyond.

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