Charles Burton specializes in Comparative Politics, Government and Politics of China, Canada-China Relations and Human Rights. He received a PhD in 1987 from the University of Toronto after studies at Cambridge University (Oriental Studies) and Fudan University (History of Ancient Chinese Thought Program, Department of Philosophy). Between 1986 and 1988, he was an Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Post-Doctoral Scholar in Political Science at University of Alberta. He has served extensively with the Canadian government: with the Communications Security Establishment and Canadian diplomatic service, also being posted at Canadian Embassy in Beijing twice. Charles will continue serving as Senior Fellow at the Ottawa-based Macdonald-Laurier Institute.