Andrew J. Nathan is the Class of 1919 Professor of ­Political Science at Columbia. His books include China’s Search for ­Security, cowritten with Andrew Scobell. (October 2017)

IN THE REVIEW

China: The Struggle at the Top

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan in a painting that has been circulating on the Internet

Chinese Politics in the Xi Jinping Era: Reassessing Collective Leadership

by Cheng Li

China’s Crony Capitalism: The Dynamics of Regime Decay

by Minxin Pei
The Chinese were gloating over the flaws of the American political system long before the election of Donald J. Trump. Coming from an obsessively orderly system, they were again and again baffled by an institutional setup that flips control from party to party every four or eight years, bestows supreme …

Who Is Kim Jong-un?

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspecting the remodeled Manyongdae children’s camp in Pyongyang; undated photograph released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency on June 4, 2016

Tyranny of the Weak: North Korea and the World, 1950–1992

by Charles K. Armstrong

Marked for Life: Songbun, North Korea’s Social Classification System

by Robert Collins
North Korea’s young ruler has surprised the skeptics. In five years he has turned a most unpromising situation into a certain kind of success. He has refuted those at home and abroad who doubted his vigilance and ruthlessness, fostered a mild economic recovery, and advanced his country’s position as a nuclear power.

Who Is Xi?

Xi Zhongxun zhuan [Biography of Xi Zhongxun]

by the Editorial Committee for the Biography of Xi Zhongxun

Xi Jinping: Red China, the Next Generation

by Agnès Andrésy
Once Xi Jinping acceded to top office he was widely expected to pursue political liberalization and market reform. Instead he has reinstated many of the most dangerous features of Mao’s rule: personal dictatorship, enforced ideological conformity, and arbitrary persecution.

China’s New Rulers: What They Want

Following are the members of the Chinese Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee, whose election is expected in November 2002, listed by their rank according to protocol, with their main Party and future state positions. Ages are given as of November 2002; the positions listed are in addition to the policy-making …

China’s New Rulers: The Path to Power

Following are the members of the Chinese Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee, whose election is expected in November 2002, listed by their rank according to protocol, with their main Party and future state positions. Ages are given as of November 2002; the positions listed are in addition to the policy-making …