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Pei at the Hudson Institute, 2014

Minxin Pei (Chinese: 裴敏欣; pinyin: Péi Mǐnxīn; born 1957) is an expert on governance in the People's Republic of China, U.S.-Asia relations, and democratization in developing nations. He currently serves as the director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna College[1] and is a non-resident senior fellow with the Asia program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.[2] He was formerly a senior associate with the Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Pei earned his bachelor's degree in English from the Shanghai International Studies University, and a master's degree and PhD in Political Science from Harvard University. In addition, he holds an M.F.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.[3] He is a George R. Roberts Fellow and Director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies.

Pei has been a contributor to a number of periodicals, including The China Quarterly, The New York Times,[4] Foreign Policy, China Today, The Diplomat,[5] and Foreign Affairs,[6] and a frequent guest commentator on CNN, and National Public Radio, among others.

In 2008, he was listed as one of the top 100 public intellectuals by Prospect magazine.[7]


Following is a partial list of publications:

  • From Reform to Revolution: The Demise of Communism in China and the Soviet Union (Harvard University Press, 1994)
  • China’s Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy (Harvard University Press, 2006)
  • The Color of China (The National Interest, March 2009)
  • My Trip to Asia (Claremont Book Review, October 2011)
  • China's Crony Capitalism: The Dynamics of Regime Decay" (Harvard University Press October 3, 2016)

Articles in edited books:

  • When Illusion Meets Reality: The Evolving Relationship Between China and Europe, in: Robertson-von Trotha, Caroline Y. (ed.): Europe: Insights from the Outside (= Kulturwissenschaft interdisziplinär/Interdisciplinary Studies on Culture and Society, Vol. 5), Nomos, Baden-Baden 2011


  1. ^ Claremont McKenna College, Faculty: Minxin Pei, retrieved 8 December 2011.
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  3. ^ Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Experts: Minxin Pei, retrieved 8 December 2011.
  4. ^ Crony capitalism
  5. ^ The Diplomat, Author: Minxin Pei, retrieved 8 December 2011.
  6. ^ Foreign Affairs, Authors > Minxin Pei, retrieved 8 December 2011
  7. ^ "Intellectuals". Prospect magazine. 2009. Archived from the original on 30 September 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2010.

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