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China Global Research Center

About the SAIS China Global Research Center (SCGRC)

The SCGRC’s mandate is to go beyond sustaining and strengthening the study of and engagement with contemporary China under these new and challenging conditions. We aim to reimagine and refashion the study of China and to offer an alternative approach to inform China scholarship and policy prescriptions. 

Our approach is based on the idea that, in undertaking policy-relevant research, institutional structures, individual leaders, economics, history, and culture all matter.  China is not a monolithic state under the unquestioned control of Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party. Rather, it is a complex, globally-connected country with multiple, often-competing viewpoints, and vast regional differences. Understanding China requires exploring the significant and contending power centers within dozens of functional bureaucracies and at tens of thousands of subnational administrative levels, and a CCP that is itself evolving internally and in its relationship to the Chinese state and to Chinese society.  

To understand China is to understand the pathways to global order and stability.

The aim of the SAIS China Global Research Center is to champion both rigorous scholarly research as well as active engagement with the key academics, policy practitioners, governments officials, and business and community leaders. We are the premier, intellectually rigorous resource and convenor of the China community in Washington, DC.


Leadership

Andrew Mertha

Director of the SAIS China Global Research Center,  George and Sadie Hyman Professor of China Studies,  Director of the China Studies Program

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Elly Rostoum

Associate Director of the SAIS China Global Research Center

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Amanda Nepomuceno

Administrative Services Manager of the SAIS China Global Research Center

Upcoming Events
Recent Events
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Relearning the Lost Arts of China Scholarship Workshop Series

As our access to Chinese data sources becomes increasingly constrained, and the political atmosphere narrows opportunities for informal collaboration, many China scholars physically outside China have been scrambling to find new an

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SAIS China Studies hosts launch event for SAIS China Global Research Center

The China Studies program at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) held a launch event for the SAIS China Global Research Center (SCGRC) on June 16, 2021.

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SAIS China Forum

The SAIS China Global Research Center acts a convener for the SAIS Johns Hopkins China community by providing a forum for active engagement and dialogue.


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Publications

SAIS China Studies Review

The China Studies Review (CSR) is a publication of the China Studies Program at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). CSR publishes interdisciplinary work by graduate students conducting research on China, including history, political science, economics, policy, and area studies projects. Beginning as a collection of working papers by a group of students in SAIS China Studies, CSR has evolved to become a unique, interdisciplinary compendium of original graduate-level research on China.

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Policy Briefs

Policy Briefs will be updated shortly.

Research Notes

Research Notes will be updated shortly.


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The SAIS China Global Research Center
1719 Massachusetts Avenue, NW 
Washington, DC, 20036
 


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