Susan Shirk is one of America’s most distinguished China watchers. She is co-chair of a Task Force on U.S.-China Policy that recently issued a series of recommendations for the U.S. administration. The task force is comprised of prominent China specialists that include former U.S. government officials, scholars, and think tank researchers, many of whom served under both political parties and in every administration since 1968. Dr. Shirk heads the 21st Century China Center at the University of California, San Diego and previously directed the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. She served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs during the Clinton administration. Her books include Changing Media, Changing China (ed.), China: Fragile Superpower, The Political Logic of Economic Reform in China, and Competitive Comrades: Career Incentives and Student Strategies in China. In 2015, she received UCSD’s highest faculty award, the Revelle Medal.