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Wilson Center Announces the Release of the 2020-21 Wilson China Fellowship Policy Report

Contact: Ryan McKenna
Phone: (202) 691-4217

April 28, 2021


WASHINGTON – The Asia Program and Kissinger Institute on China and the United States of The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars are proud to announce the release of the inaugural Wilson China Fellowship's essay collection: The 2020-21 Wilson China Fellowship: Essays on the Rise of China and Its Implications. 

In recent years, the rise of China has transformed the international system, and the downturn in U.S.-China relations increases tensions across a range of issues, from Taiwan to the South China Sea to human rights. Addressing these issues and crafting tailored policy responses will require nuanced and informed analysis of China from the U.S. academic community. With the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Wilson Center aims to bridge the gap between academia and policy by bringing together a cohort of rising scholars focused on China to undertake crucial, year-long research projects on China in our Wilson China Fellowship. The results of our first cohort's work are featured in this publication: The 2020-21 Wilson China Fellowship: Essays on the Rise of China and Its Implications.

From the South China Sea to the situation in Xinjiang, our 2020-21 Fellows explore a range of topics addressing the breadth and width of China policy. With accompanying essays by Stephen Del Rosso, Abraham M. Denmark, and Robert Daly, the Wilson China Fellowship essays and their policy recommendations come at a crucial time when the rise of China and its implications for the United States and globe increasingly dominates the foreign policy debate in Washington.

We hope that you find them as enlightening and informative as we do.

List of Essays:

  • Darren Byler – “Chinese Infrastructures of Population Management on the New Silk Road.”
  • Sara B. Castro – “Lop Nur and the U.S. Intelligence Gaze: Evaluating the U.S. Intellgience Process During China’s Nuclearization.”
  • Christopher K. Colley – “The Emerging Great Power Triangle: China, India, and the United States in the Indian Ocean Region.”
  • Rush Doshi – “The ‘New Strategic Frontiers’: China’s Pursuit of Influence in the Arctic and Antarctica.”
  • Alexander Dukalskis – “Paying for Propaganda: A Preliminary Study on the Effectiveness of Beijing’s ‘Advertorial’ Inserts.”
  • Sheena Chestnut Greitens – “The Global Impact of China’s Surveillance Technology: Issues for U.S. Policy.”
  • Isaac B. Kardon – “China’s ‘New Era’ of Influence in Pakistan: Counterterrorism and the Limits of the All-Weather Partnership.”
  • Lami Kim – “Nuclear Belt and Road: China’s Ambition for Nuclear Exports and Its Global Implications.”
  • Wendy Leutert – “Policy Collaging: Transnationalizing Analysis of Chinese Policymaking.”
  • Jessica C. Liao – “China’s Green Mercantilism and Environmental Governance: A New Belt and Road to the Global South?”
  • Adam P. Liff – “Japan, Taiwan, the United States, and the ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific.’”
  • Xiao Liu – “Understanding China’s Governance Space Around Personal Data.”
  • Oriana Skylar Mastro – “Chinese Intentions in the South China Sea.”

The Wilson China Fellowship supports policy-oriented academics with specialization in political, social, economic, security, or historical issues related to China. The aim of this fellowship is to produce new and original pieces of research that improve understanding of the role that China is playing in the Indo-Pacific, its relations with its neighbors and the United States, and its impact on peace and security issues. This fellowship is made possible with the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. 

 Notes to editors:

  1. The Wilson Center provides a strictly nonpartisan space for the worlds of policymaking and scholarship to interact. By conducting relevant and timely research and promoting dialogue from all perspectives, it works to address the critical current and emerging challenges confronting the United States and the world.



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