‘Inside Out – India and China: Local Politics Go Global
One third of humanity is governed by two capitals, New Delhi and Beijing. Increasingly, these two countries are being led not from the top down, but rather from the Inside Out.
In 2014, India overwhelmingly elected Narendra Modi prime minister. Modi rose to national prominence as Chief Minister of Gujarat, India’s fastest growing state.
Likewise in 2013, Xi Jinping took over as President of China, having served as top official in Zhejiang and Shanghai, two of China’s most prosperous provinces.
Anticipating these trends and leadership transitions, William Antholis spent five months in 2012 traversing 20 Indian states and Chinese provinces, conducting over 300 interviews, including with Narendra Modi. Antholis’s detailed narratives show what both Modi and Xi Jinping learned first-hand: that local successes – and failures – will determine the future of the world’s largest two nations.
The talk was based on the book.
William Antholis, Dr
William J. Antholis serves as the managing director of The Brookings Institution. In that capacity, he works directly with Brookings’s president and vice presidents to help manage the full range of policy studies, develop new initiatives, coordinate research across programs, strengthen the policy impact of Brookings research, and ensure the quality and independence of that research. On behalf of Brookings’ president, he also works directly with Brookings board of trustees and a range of university, philanthropic and other institutional partners.
Dr. Antholis is also a senior fellow in Governance Studies, where his work focuses on the politics and institutions of international diplomacy. He is the author of the book: Inside Out India and China: Local Politics Go Global, (Brookings Press, Sept 2013). It explores how country-sized provinces and states in the world’s two biggest nations are increasingly becoming global players. William Antholis spent five months in India and China, travelling to over 20 states and provinces in both countries. He explored the enormous diversity in business, governance, and culture of these nations, temporarily relocating his entire family to Asia. Along with Brookings President Strobe Talbott, he is the author of Fast Forward: Ethics and Politics in the Age of Global Warming (Brookings Press, 2010).
He has published articles, book chapters and opinion pieces on U.S. politics, U.S. foreign policy, international organizations, the G8, climate change, and trade. From 1995 to 1999, Dr. Antholis served in government.
At the White House, he was director of international economic affairs on the staff of the National Security Council and National Economic Council, where he served as the chief staff person for the G8 Summits in 1997 and 1998. He also was deputy director of the White House Climate Change policy team. At the State Department, he served at the Policy Planning Staff and in the Economic Affairs Bureau.
Prior to joining Brookings, he served for five years as director of studies and senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund, a U.S. grant-making and public policy institution devoted to strengthening transatlantic cooperation. In that capacity, Dr. Antholis was project director of the Trade and Poverty Forum, a six-country dialogue of leading citizens and legislators focused on using the global economy to address persistent global poverty and inequality.
He was also an international affairs fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Visiting Fellow at the Center of International Studies at Princeton University. In 1991, Dr. Antholis co-founded the Civic Education Project – a nonprofit organization that supported western-trained social science instructors at universities in 23 Central and Eastern European countries. He served on its board of trustees until 2007, when it was absorbed by the Central Eastern European University.
Dr. Antholis earned his Ph.D. from Yale University in politics (1993), and his B.A. from the University of Virginia in government and foreingn affairs