Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Portland State University
Dr. Mel Gurtov is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Portland State University. He is the author of over 20 books on Asia, U.S. foreign policy, and other international subjects, and is Editor-in-Chief of Asian Perspective, an international quarterly published in Seoul. Prior to his appointment at PSU, he was a member of the research staff of the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California and then was Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside.
Events with this presenter
The sudden accession of Kim Jong Un to the leadership of North Korea has led to all kinds of speculation about his ability to lead, the country’s direction, and the prospects for an agreement with the US and South Korea on nuclear weapons.
Challenging the widespread view that China will rival or displace the United States as the world’s leading power, Gurtov explores China’s domestic and international strengths, revealing a country with serious shortcomings as the next global leader.