China’s New Military Leadership and Implications for Regional Security

ASIA FORUM with Mr. Roy Kamphausen

Senior Advisor at the National Bureau of Asian Research, Washington, D.C.

Thursday, March 14, 2013, 10:00-11:30


At this seminar, NBR Senior Advisor Roy Kamphausen will discuss different aspects of China’s new military leadership and the implications it will have for civil-military relations and the trajectory of military modernization in China, as well as for East Asian regional security. From this perspective, Mr. Kamphausen will discuss the new composition of China’s Central Military Commission, the factors influencing the selection of the new leaders, as well as salient elements in their backgrounds. His statement will also cover important issues in civil-military relations, including the relationship between the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and China’s top political leadership, potential reform of the PLA’s military-region structure, and the likely competition for budget resources.

Mr. Roy Kamphausen is Senior Advisor for Political and Security Affairs at The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR). He advises and contributes to NBR research programs on political and security issues in Asia. Mr. Kamphausen previously served as Senior Vice President for Political and Security Affairs and Director of NBR’s Washington, D.C., office.

Prior to joining NBR, Mr. Kamphausen served as a U.S. Army officer—a career that culminated in an assignment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) as Country Director for China-Taiwan-Mongolia Affairs. Prior postings included assignments to The Joint Staff as an intelligence analyst and later as China Branch Chief in the Directorate for Strategic Plans and Policy (J5). A fluent Chinese (Mandarin) linguist and an Army China Foreign Area Officer (FAO), Mr. Kamphausen served two tours at the Defense Attaché Office of the U.S. Embassy in the People’s Republic of China.


His areas of professional expertise include China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), U.S.-China defense relations, U.S. defense and security policy toward Asia, and East Asian security issues. He has co-edited that last seven volumes from the annual Carlisle PLA conference, including the most recent book Learning by Doing: The PLA Trains at Home and Abroad (2012). He has also authored numerous articles and book chapters, including “China’s Land Forces: New Priorities and Capabilities” in Strategic Asia 2012-13: China’s Military Challenge.


To attend, RSVP by March 13, 2013 to Mr. Robert Nilsson at