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Martin Jacques speaker

Martin Jacques

London, UK

World leading commentator on the rise of Asia

Best-selling author, "When China Rules the World" (2009)

Senior Fellow, Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge University

Martin Jacques is the best-selling author of “When China Rules the World: the End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order” (2009). It has been translated into fourteen languages, sold over 300,000 copies, and shortlisted for two major literary awards. A second edition of the book, greatly expanded and fully updated, was published in 2012.

He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge University, and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He is also a fellow of the Transatlantic Academy, Washington DC. He is also a columnist for the Guardian and the New Statesman.

Martin’s most influential essays include the End of Politics, the Rise of East Asia, Meaning of Middle Class Insecurity, the Age of Sport, and the Global Hierarchy of Race. He co-edited and co-authored the Forward March of Labour Halted? (1981), Politics of Thatcherism (1983), New Times (1989), Wrong (1998) and has contributed essays to many other books.

He has made many television programmes for the BBC, including writing and presenting Italy on Trial (1993), The Incredible Shrinking Politicians (1993), a two-part series on The End of the Western World (1996) and Proud to be Chinese (1998). In 2012 he presented a highly successful series of Point of View talks on contemporary China for BBC Radio 4.

In 1991, he closed the influential Marxism Today journal, which he joined as editor in 1977, and in 1994 became the deputy editor of the Independent newspaper, a post he held until 1996. In 1993 he co-founded the think-tank Demos.

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"Martin is a one of the world’s leading commentators on the rise of Asia on the global stage. He is a thought-leading essayist and writer on the subject, and has spoken at numerous global conferences; his TED talk on how to understand China has had 1.7 million views."

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