China's New Governing Party Paradigm: Author Timothy Heath spoke at the John Hughes Library about a new paradigm adopted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for its role in governing China. Abandoning its former identity as a 'revolutionary party', the CCP now regards itself as a 'governing party' committed to meeting the diverse needs of its people and realizing China’s revitalization as a great power. To enhance its ability to realize these aims, the CCP has enacted extensive political and ideological reforms. Central to that effort are changes to how the party develops and oversees strategy and policy.
Few studies are available on the CCP's adoption of this new identity and of its political implications. Heath remedied that oversight by explaining the historic context, drivers, and meaning of the governing party paradigm. He also explained how adoption of this paradigm is transforming the processes through which the CCP develops strategy and policy and the potential impact on U.S. policies in Asia.
About the Author: Timothy R. Heath is a Senior International Defense Research Analyst at the RAND Corporation. Prior to joining RAND in October 2014, Heath served as the Senior Analyst for the USPACOM China Strategic Focus Group for five years. He worked for over sixteen years on the strategic, operational, and tactical levels in the U.S. military and government, specializing on China, Asia, and security topics. Heath has published numerous articles and one book. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Heath has extensive experience analyzing China's national strategy, politics, ideology, and military, as well as of Asian regional security developments. He earned a MA in Asian Studies from George Washington University and a BA in Philosophy from the College of William and Mary.
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