Robert S. Ross

Professor, Boston College

Robert S. Ross is a Professor of Political Science at Boston College and Associate at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University. His research focuses on Chinese security policy and defence policy, East Asian security, and US-China relations. His publications include Chinese Security Policy: Structure, Power, and Politics; China’s Ascent: Power, Security, and the Future of International Politics; and New Directions in the Study of Chinese Foreign Policy. His other major works include Normalization of U.S.-China Relations: An International History; Great Wall and Empty Fortress: China’s Search for Security; Negotiating Cooperation: U.S.-China Relations, 1969-1989; and The Indochina Tangle: China’s Vietnam Policy, 1975-1979.


Visitors near a screen displaying an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Museum of the Communist Party of China in Beijing, China, 3 September 2022. (Florence Lo/Reuters)

[Future of China] Xi Jinping and the world: Retrospect and prospect

As the 20th Party Congress approaches, US academic Robert S. Ross assesses China’s foreign policy record over the last ten years and weighs up China’s foreign policy priorities in the likely third term of President Xi Jinping’s leadership. This is the last in a five-part series of articles on the future of China.