Kerry Brown is a Professor of Chinese Politics and Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and a member of the YCW Board of Advisors. His spoke for YCW HK on ‘China in the Era of Strongman Politics? Just How Powerful is President Xi?’
Educated at Cambridge (MA), London (Post Graduate Diploma in Chinese with Distinction) and Leeds Universities (PhD), Kerry Brown worked in Japan and the Inner Mongolian region of China, before joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London in 1998. He worked in theChina Section and then served as First Secretary, Beijing, from 2000 to 2003, and Head of the Indonesia East Timor Section at the FCO from 2003 to 2005. He led the Europe China Research and Advice Network (ECRAN) funded by the European Union from 2011 to 2014, is an Associate Fellow on the Asia Programme at Chatham House, London, is a Senior Fellow of the ChinaPolicy Institute at Nottingham University and of the LSE Ideas Centre, as well as being an affiliated scholar with the Mongolia and Inner Asian Studies Unit at Cambridge University.
Professor Brown completed a PhD at Leeds University in Modern Chinese Language and Politics in 2004, which has since been published as The Cultural Revolution in the Inner Mongolian Region of the People’s Republic of China 1966-1969: A Function of Language, Violence and Politics, part of the Global Oriental Cambridge University Inner Asian Studies Series. He has also published Struggling Giant: China in the 21st Century (2007),The Rise of the Dragon – ChineseInvestment Flows in the Reform Period (2008), Friends and Enemies: The Past, Present and Future of the Communist Party of China (2009), and Hu Jintao: China’s Silent Ruler (2012). The Palgrave Macmillan introduction to Contemporary China was issued in 2013. His latest two books are Carnival China: China in the Era of Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping, (Imperial College Press, London) and The New Emperors: Power and the Party in China. (I B Tauris, London and New York,). His `Lying Abroad for their Country’ will be published by Penguin early next year.