PLA Influence on China's National Security Policymaking
Edited by Phillip C. Saunders and Andrew Scobell


About the Contributors

Tai Ming Cheung is the director of the University of California–wide Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) and the leader of IGCC’s Minerva project, “The Evolving Relationship between Technology and National Security in China: Innovation, Defense Transformation, and China’s Place in the Global Technology Order.” He is also an Associate Professor at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California, San Diego. Dr. Cheung is a longtime analyst of Chinese and East Asian defense and national security affairs, especially defense economic, industrial and science, and technological issues. He is author of Fortifying China: The Struggle to Build a Modern Defense Economy (Cornell University Press, 2009), and editor of Forging China’s Military Might: A New Framework for Assessing Science, Technology, and the Role of Innovation (John Hopkins University Press, 2014).

M. Taylor Fravel is an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department and a member of the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of Strong Borders, Secure Nation: Cooperation and Conflict in China’s Territorial Disputes (Princeton University Press, 2008), and Active Defense: the Evolution of China’s Military Strategy (forthcoming). Dr. Fravel has contributed many book chapters and articles to journals such as International Security, China Leadership Monitor, and Contemporary Southeast Asia. He has an M.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University, and an M.Sc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Bonnie S. Glaser is Senior Adviser for Asia in the Freeman Chair in China Studies, where she works on issues related to Chinese foreign and security policy. She is concomitantly a Senior Associate with CSIS Pacific Forum. From 2003 to mid-2008, Ms. Glaser was a Senior Associate in the CSIS International Security Program. Before joining CSIS, she served as a consultant for various U.S. government offices, including the Departments of Defense and State.

Eric Hagt is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the China Studies Center at Johns Hopkins’s School for Advanced International Studies. He was formerly the director of the China Program at the World Security Institute in Washington, DC, and chief editor of China Security. He has authored articles and book chapters in publications including Survival, Journal of Strategic Studies, Naval War College Review, and China Security, and the Johns Hopkins University Press book Forging China’s Military Might.

Linda Jakobson is an independent researcher and Visiting Professor at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. From 2011 to 2013 she served as the East Asia Program Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy. Jakobson lived and worked in China for twenty years and has authored six books on Chinese and East Asian society. The Finnish edition of her book, A Million Truths: A Decade in China (M. Evans 1998), won the national nonfiction award. Jakobson has published numerous articles and reports on China’s foreign and security policy, China’s Arctic aspirations, the Taiwan Strait, China’s energy security, and science and technology polices. Her last position in Beijing was Director of the China and Global Security Programme at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Isaac B. Kardon is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Government at Cornell University, and is currently on a Fulbright-Hays award in China conducting dissertation research as a Visiting Scholar at the National Institute for South China Sea Studies. He is an Affiliated Scholar at NYU Law’s US-Asia Law Institute, where he contributes to its Track 1.5 Law of the Sea Dialogues; Kardon is also an Adjunct Research Fellow with National Defense University (NDU), and was formerly a Research Analyst with NDU’s Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs. He holds an M.Phil in Modern Chinese Studies from Oxford University, a B.A. in History from Dartmouth College, and studied Mandarin at Peking University, Taiwan Normal University, and Tsinghua University.

Nan Li is an Associate Professor in the Strategic Research Department of the U.S. Naval War College and a member of its China Maritime Studies Institute. He has published extensively on Chinese security and military policy. His publications include Chinese Civil-Military Relations in the Post-Deng Era: Implications for Crisis Management and Naval Modernization (U.S. Naval War College Press, 2010); and “China’s Evolving Naval Strategy and Capabilities in the Hu Jintao Era,” in Assessing the People’s Liberation Army in the Hu Jintao Era (U.S. Army War College Press, 2014). Nan Li received a Ph.D. in political science from the Johns Hopkins University.

Alice Miller is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and lecturer in East Asian Studies at Stanford University. She is editor of the China Leadership Monitor and author of Science and Dissent in Post-Mao China: The Politics of Knowledge (University of Washington Press, 1996) and, with Richard Wich, of Becoming Asia: Change and Continuity in Asian International Relations since World War II (Stanford University Press, 2011).

Phillip C. Saunders is Director of the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs and a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic Research, both part of National Defense University’s Institute for National Strategic Studies. Dr. Saunders previously worked at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, where he was Director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program from 1999 to 2003, and served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force from 1989 to 1994. He is coauthor of The Paradox of Power: Sino-American Strategic Restraint in an Era of Vulnerability (NDU Press, 2011) and coeditor of books on China-Taiwan relations, the Chinese navy, and the Chinese air force. Dr. Saunders attended Harvard College and received his MPA and Ph.D. in International Relations from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Andrew Scobell is a Senior Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation. He was previously an Associate Professor of international affairs at the George H. W. Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. He is the author of China’s Use of Military Force: Beyond the Great Wall and the Long March (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and coauthor of China’s Search for Security (Columbia University Press, 2012). In addition to editing or coediting twelve books, Dr. Scobell has written dozens of reports, monographs, journal articles, and book chapters. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.

Michael D. Swaine is a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Previously a Senior Policy Analyst at the RAND Corporation, Swaine specializes in Chinese defense and foreign policy, U.S.-China relations, and East Asian international relations. Among the more than a dozen books he has authored or edited is America’s Challenge: Engaging a Rising China in the Twenty-First Century (Carnegie Endowment, 2011). Dr. Swaine has also written dozens of book chapters and articles, contributing regularly to journals such as China Leadership Monitor. He holds a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California at Berkeley.

Christopher D. Yung is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs (CSCMA), Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University. Dr. Yung is the lead author of “Not an Idea We Need to Shun”: Chinese Overseas Basing Requirements in the 21st Century (NDU Press, 2014), China’s Out of Area Naval Operations: Case Studies, Trajectories, Obstacles and Potential Solutions (NDU Press, 2010), and “Sinica Rules the Waves: The People’s Liberation Army Navy’s Power Projection and Anti-Access/Area Denial Lessons from the Falklands/Malvinas Conflict,” in Chinese Lessons From Other People’s Wars (U.S. Army War College, 2011). Before entering government service, Dr. Yung was a Senior Research Analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA). Dr. Yung holds a Ph.D. in international relations and an M.A. in East Asian and China studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University.