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About William A Callahan

William A. Callahan is professor of international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and author of China Dreams: 20 Visions of the Future (2015). His new documentary film 'toilet adventures’ (2015) is shortlisted for a 'Research in Film' award by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Articles by William A Callahan

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

President Xi Jinping, this is how you can win the Nobel peace prize

From his new position of power, Xi Jinping can show that China is a generous emerging power, rather than a vengeful revisionist state.

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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