In the Journal of Strategic Studies, Joel Wuthnow and I examine the military strategic guidelines for China’s People’s Liberation Army adopted by the Central Military Commission in 2019. This strategy was consistent with the previous one from 2014 but framed by Xi’s political consolidation, growing threats from the United States and Taiwan, and a new military …
China’s nuclear arsenal is growing. What does that mean for U.S.-China relations?
For the Washington Post‘s Monkey Cage, Fiona Cunningham and I examine the implications of China’s expanding nuclear arsenal. Read it here.
China Engages the Arctic
In an article in Asian Security, “China engages the Arctic: a great power in a regime complex,” Kathryn Lavelle, Liselotte Odgaard and I examine how China pursues its interests in the Arctic. Specifically, we how and when it seeks to work through the existing “regime complex” versus engaging in bilateral cooperation with Arctic states. We find that …
Stormy Seas: The South China Sea in US-China Relations
In this book chapter, Kacie Miura and I examine the role of the disputes in the South China Sea in the evolution of US-China relations. Based on an examination of American and Chinese views of each other’s role in these waters over the last decade, we argue that the dispute has increased the scope and …
China and India are pulling back from the brink
For the Washington Post‘s Monkey Cage, I examine the latest on the China-India border. Read it here.
A ‘China in the World’ Paradigm for Scholarship
Along with Melanie Manion and Yuhua Wang, I contributed to the introduction to a special issue of Studies in Comparative International Development. In the issue, we explore how to define scholarship that purposefully migrates across the traditional borders of comparative politics and international relations in the study of China. Read the introduction here.
China’s Sovereignty Obession
Although I did not choose the title, my essay on the clash on the China-India border has been published on the Foreign Affairs website. Read it here.
Why are China and India skirmishing at their border?
For the Washington Post‘s Monkey Cage, I examine the growing tensions on the China-India border. Read it here.
Opportunism in the South China Sea?
A number of recent analyses have emphasized that China is seizing pandemic-created opportunities to improve its position in the South China Sea as other countries are distracted or otherwise unable to respond. A key implication of such claims is that absent the pandemic, China would have acted differently and perhaps with more restraint. In a …
China’s “World-Class Military” Ambitions: Origins and Implications
An article based on my testimony last summer before the USCC has been published The Washington Quarterly. I examine what the concept of building a “world-class military” as mentioned by Xi Jinping since 2016, especially in the 19th Part Congress Work Report. I argue that the phrase “world-class military” should be viewed as a general, …