Elizabeth Economy

Dr. Elizabeth Economy will present a timely discussion on Chinese domestic and foreign policy issues, as well as U.S.-China relations. Dr. Economy is the C.V. Starr senior fellow and director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.  An award-winning author of The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China’s Future (Cornell University Press, 2004; Second Edition, 2010), Dr. Economy, has published articles in foreign policy and scholarly journals including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and The Harvard Business Review; and op-eds in the New York Times and Washington Post, among others. She frequently testifies before Congress and appears on television and radio. Dr. Economy is vice chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of China and serves on the board of the China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development. She is currently writing two books: one on China's rise and its geopolitical and strategic implications and another on China’s global quest for resources with Michael Levi. She blogs on CFR’s Asia Unbound (www.blogs.cfr.org/asia).

Dr. Economy received her PhD from the University of Michigan, her AM from Stanford University and her BA with honors from Swarthmore College. In 2008, she received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Vermont Law School. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children.