About William A Callahan

William A Callahan is professor of international politics at the University of Manchester, and currently a visiting professor at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. His books include China: The Pessoptimist Nation (Oxford University Press, 2010) and Contingent States: Greater China and Transnational Relations (University of Minnesota Press, 2004). He is co-editor of China Orders the World: Normative Soft Power and Foreign Policy (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012) and author of China Dreams: 20 Visions of the Future (Oxford University Press, forthcoming, March 2013)

Articles by William A Callahan

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Who is Xi Jinping, and where will he lead China?

The imminent accession to power of China's fifth generation of leaders since 1949 focuses attention on the background and character of its new president. Xi Jinping's route to the summit, and the crucial fall of his fellow princeling Bo Xilai along the way, is assessed by William A Callahan.

China vs India: a democracy battle

The last war between Asia's giants erupted in October 1962. Fifty years on the respective works of a Chinese and an Indian intellectual define the shape of their 21st-century contest, says William A Callahan.

China's grand strategy in a post-western world

A number of different visions of China’s future as a leading world power are competing for public attention and influence. Among them are populist ideas that challenge Beijing’s official rhetoric about “building a harmonious world”, says William A Callahan.

A new approach to human rights (and China)

The focus of dialogue with Beijing about human rights should shift from enforcing universal laws towards building a shared moral identity, says William A Callahan.
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