Anthony Saich

Anthony Saich

Professor, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
  • Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
  • Director, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, 
  • Harvard Kennedy School of Government 
  • Executive Committee Member, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University 
  • Board Director, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations 

Anthony Saich is the director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, teaching courses on comparative political institutions, democratic governance, and transitional economies with a focus on China. In his capacity as Ash Center Director, Saich also serves as the director of the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia and the faculty chair of the China Programs, the Asia Energy Leaders Program and the Leadership Transformation in Indonesia Program, which provide training programs for national and local Chinese and Indonesian officials. Saich first visited China as a student in 1976 and continues to visit each year. Currently, he is a guest professor at the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua University, China. He also advises a wide range of government, private, and nonprofit organizations on work in China and elsewhere in Asia.

Saich is a trustee member of the National Committee on US-China Relations (2014-), AMC Entertainment Inc., the chair of the China Medical Board, and International Bridges to Justice. He is also the US Secretary-General of the China-United States Strategic Philanthropy. He sits on the executive committees of the John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Council on Asia Studies, South Asia Initiative and the Asia Center, all at Harvard University.

He holds a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Letters, University of Leiden, the Netherlands. He received his master’s degree in politics with special reference to China from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University.


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Anthony Saich

'China goes private'—from financial reform to the Belt Road Initiative

The State & Party's technical prowess is somewhat limited.

  1. 'China goes private.' Tony Saich discusses the Xi and the Party's move toward toward greater control of private business, especially the tech/Internet sectors. 
  2. 'It's the politics, stupid.' Tony explains why Xi focused first on trying to bend Chinese society and the State to his and the Party's will.
  3. 'The State and the Party.' Tony details the problems the Party has in getting the State to implement its policies, and why.
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