Steve Tsang

Director, SOAS China Institute, SOAS University of London

Steve Tsang is the director of the SOAS China Institute, SOAS University of London. He is also an emeritus fellow of St Antony’s College at Oxford and an associate fellow at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs. He previously served as the head of the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies and as the director of the China Policy Institute at the University of Nottingham. Before that he spent 29 years at Oxford University, where he earned his D.Phil. and worked as a professorial fellow, dean, and director of the Asian Studies Centre at St Antony’s College. Tsang regularly contributes to public debates on different aspects of issues related to the politics, history, foreign policy, security, and development of the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and East Asia more generally. He is known in particular for introducing the concept of “consultative Leninism” as an analytical framework to understand the structure and nature of politics in contemporary China. He has a broad area of research interests and has published extensively, including five single-authored and 13 collaborative books. One of his latest publications is “Party-state Realism: A Framework for Understanding China’s Approach to Foreign Policy,” in the Journal of Contemporary China (2020), and his current research project is on the political thought of Xi Jinping.

The Arab Gulf's Pivot to Asia: From Transactional to Strategic Partnerships

On March 17, AGSIW hosted a discussion on strategic relations between the countries of the Gulf and Asia.