|What: Remaking The PLA by Xi: Revolutionary Or Evolutionary Change?
When: December 10, 2015, 4-5:30pm
Where: SOS B40, Social Sciences Building, USC Campus
Cost: Free, please register here.
Party General Secretary and Commander-in-Chief Xi Jinping has just unveiled a far-reaching restructuring of the People's Liberation Army that, if fully implemented over the next 5 years, promises a far-reaching transformation in how this powerful institution is organized, led, and operates. Will Xi be able to fully implement these reforms and what will this mean for civil-military relations, national security decision-making, and the PLA's war-fighting effectiveness? Two veteran observers of the PLA and its political influence are contributors to a newly published volume PLA Influence on China's National Security Policymaking (Stanford University Press, 2015). Drawing upon their contributions to this book, they offer their insights on these latest developments.
Speaker Andrew Scobell is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. Prior to this he was an associate professor of international affairs at the George H. W. Bush School of Government and Public Service (with tenure) and director of the China certificate program at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. From 1999 until 2007, he was associate research professor in the Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College and adjunct professor of political science at Dickinson College, both located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Scobell is author of China's Use of Military Force: Beyond the Great Wall and the Long March (Cambridge University Press, 2003), China's Search for Security (Columbia University Press, 2012) with Andrew J. Nathan. His latest edited volume is PLA Influence on China's National Security Policymaking (Stanford University Press, 2015) with Phillip C. Saunders. Scobell was born and raised in Hong Kong and regularly makes research trips to the region. He earned a doctorate in political science from Columbia University.