Tony 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 
  • 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.

Articles Related to
Tony Saich

CHINADebate

CHINADebate

Malcolm Riddell
|

CHINADebate

Tony Saich
|
Harvard Kennedy School of Government
&
|

Five Themes that Point to Where the Chinese Communist Party & China are Heading

As the Chinese Communist Party begins its second century, it’s useful to identify enduring patterns that might aid us in understanding China today and the directions it might be heading.
7/1/2021

CHINADebate

CHINADebate

Malcolm Riddell
|

CHINADebate

Tony Saich
|
Harvard Kennedy School of Government
&
|

From Rebel to Ruler: One Hundred Years of the Chinese Communist Party by Tony Saich

‘In our discussions, you've identified five themes that have been more or less consistent throughout the history of the party but have oscillated between different points on a continuum:’
7/1/2021

Harvard Magazine

CHINADebate

|

Ed Steinfeld | Brown University
Tony Saich
|
Harvard Kennedy School of Government
&
|

'From Rebel to Ruler': Tony Saich on Chinese Communism at 100

‘At so many points during its century-long existence, the CCP appeared to be in its death throes, whether as a result of external attack or self-inflicted internal strife.’
7/1/2021

Harvard Kennedy School

CHINADebate

Tony Saich
|

Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Susan Shirk | UC San Diego
|
&
|

'China Inside Out: A Conversation with Susan Shirk & Tony Saich'

‘The centralization of power, quite predictably, leads to this kind of echo chamber effect, which is really quite dangerous. And it's something that we should be factoring in when we think about how to deal with China now.’
4/26/2021

CHINADebate

Malcolm Riddell
|

CHINADebate

Tony Saich
|
Harvard Kennedy School of Government
&
|

The Party is Infallible

'The Hong Kong demonstrations can never be because of policy mistakes by the Communist Party itself.’ During our interview, Tony Saich of the Harvard Kennedy School told me: ‘Hong Kong, with its responses to the demonstrations, and the Coronavirus are both illustrative examples of how the culture of the Communist Party and the traditions it's built up over almost a hundred years reflect the way it behaves when it's confronted by certain crises.’
5/13/2020

CHINADebate

Tony Saich
|

Harvard Kennedy School of Government

|
&
|

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

[Malcolm Riddell's conversation with Harvard's Tony Saich] The State & Party's technical prowess is somewhat limited. 1.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.
1/10/2018