Professor Pan Guang is the Director of the Shanghai Center for International Studies and the Institute of European & Asian Studies at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. He is also the Director of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Studies Center in Shanghai, Dean of the Center of Jewish Studies, Shanghai, and Vice Chairman of the Chinese Society of Middle East Studies.
He is an International Council Member of the Asia Society (US), Senior Advisor of the China-Eurasia Forum (US), Advisory Board Member of the Asia Europe Journal in Singapore, and Senior Advisor on Anti-Terror Affairs to the Mayor of Shanghai. He received the 1993 James Friend Annual Memorial Award for Sino-Jewish Studies, a 1996 Special Award for Research on Canadian Jews from China, and President Putin presented him with the Sankt Peterburg-300 Medal for Contribution to China-Russia Relations in 2004. He has traveled and lectured widely in North America, East Asia, Russia, Central Asia, Europe, Middle East and Australia. He holds a number of prestigious posts in Chinese institutions on International Studies, Asian Studies, Middle East Studies, and Jewish Studies.
Prof. Guang has published books and articles on a variety of topics such as: the Jews in China; Open Door Policy in Asia, Africa and Latin America; Arab-African History; the 2003 U.S. war on Iraq; “From Silk Road to ASEM: 2000 years of Asia-Europe Relations;” relations between China, Central Asia, and Russia; SCO and China’s role in the war on terrorism; contemporary international crises; China’s Success in the Middle East; the anti-terrorism strategy and the role in the war on terror of China; Islam and Confucianism and the development of Islam in China; ethnic and religious conflicts in the Pacific Rim area; and China and post-Soviet Central Asia.