September 11, 2006
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Minxin Pei, the director of the China studies program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will speak on “China: Could Things Still Go Terribly Wrong?” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, in the Babbott Room in the Octagon at Amherst College. Sponsored by the department of political science at Amherst College, the department of Asian languages and civilizations and the Corliss Lamont Lectureship for a Peaceful World, Pei’s talk is free and open to the public.

A senior associate and director of the China program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., Pei taught politics at Princeton University from 1992 to 1998. His main interests are U.S.-China relations, the development of democratic political systems and Chinese politics. He is the author of From Reform to Revolution: The Demise of Communism in China and the Soviet Union (1994) and China’s Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy (2006). His research has been published in Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, Modern China, China Quarterly, Journal of Democracy and many edited books. His essays have appeared in the Financial Times, The New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and other major newspapers.

Pei’s latest book is China’s Trapped Transition (2006), and he recently published an article, “The Dark Side of China’s Rise,” in Foreign Policy (March/April 2006). Pei has a B.A. from Shanghai International Studies University, an M.F.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University.