I wrote the following op-ed, "Danger at Dolam," for the Indian Express, on July 18, 2017 *** The standoff between Indian and Chinese forces on the Dolam Plateau is entering its fourth week. India and China have both miscalculated, with potentially dire consequences. China clearly did not appreciate the sensitivity that India attaches to any [...]
I wrote the following essay, "The Certainty of Uncertainty: U.S.-China Relations in 2017," for an ISSF Policy Roundtable on "U.S.-China Relations and the Trump Administration." Other contributors include Dingding Chen, Mira Rapp-Hooper, Essay by Joseph Siracusa, Toshi Yoshihara and Zhu Feng. *** The Certainty of Uncertainty: U.S.-China Relations in 2017 It is probably impossible to predict [...]
Yesterday, I joined the conversation at ChinaFile, following President Trump's phone call with Xi Jinping and Trump's commitment to the "one China" policy: In his phone call with Xi, Trump stated he agreed “to honor our ‘one China’ policy.” During the transition before his inauguration, Trump conducted an unprecedented phone call with Taiwan President Tsai [...]
I participated in a Task Force on U.S.-China Policy, whose report was published in February 2017. The group met over the past year and a half to develop broad-based recommendations for the relationship, from the starting point of how to best uphold U.S. interests. Read the Executive Summary and the Full Report.
I was awarded an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship from the Carnegie Corporation for research in the social science and humanities. Read the official announcement here and the MIT News story here.
I've just finished a paper with a colleague from graduate school, Peter Lorentzen, and a talented graduate student at UC Berkeley, Jack Paine. In the paper, we explore how case studies (and in particular the process tracing of causal mechanisms) can be used to evaluate formal models. Here's the abstract: In the ongoing debate about [...]
Over at Duck of Minerva, Georgetown University's Dan Nexon has authored a post with excellent tips for those considering applying to PhD program in Political Science. Having served on graduate admissions committees, his advice is spot on.
The folks at , a website and research firm that tracks the Chinese media and Internet, published its annual last week. The awards contain a "a list of the best specialist websites, blogs and online sources of information about China." Yours truly was listed as one of ten runner-ups for China-related tweeters. The collection of [...]
I have just received my copy of the second edition of Dennis Blasko's The Chinese Army Today: Tradition and Transformation for the 21st Century (2nd edition). For anyone interested in the modernization of China's armed forces, this book is a "must read." The revised edition of The Chinese Army Today has many strengths: First, the book examines the modernization of [...]
In this article from the latest issue of Asian Security, I examine the sources of the PLA's new emphasis on nonwar military operations (not to be confused with "military operations than war" or MOOTW in U.S. doctrine). In particular, I explore why China’s armed forces have sought to strengthen their ability to conduct noncombat operations, especially [...]