Dr. Andrew S. Erickson is an Associate Professor in the Strategic Research Department at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) and a core founding member of the department's China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI). He serves on the Naval War College Review's Editorial Board. Since 2008, he has been an Associate in Research at Harvard University's John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. Erickson is also an expert contributor to the Wall Street Journal's China Real Time Report (中国实时报), for which he has authored or coauthored thirty-five articles.
Erickson is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2012, the National Bureau of Asian Research awarded him the inaugural Ellis Joffe Prize for PLA Studies. During academic year 2010-11, Erickson was a Fellow in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program in residence at Harvard's Center for Government and International Studies. From 2008-11, he was a Fellow in the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations' Public Intellectuals Program, and served as a scholar escort on a five-Member Congressional trip to China. He has also helped escort the Commander of China's Navy and his delegation on a visit to Harvard; and worked to help establish, and escort the first iteration of, a bilateral naval officer exchange program.
Erickson has taught courses at NWC and Yonsei University. He advises a wide range of student research and theses at NWC, Harvard, and other institutions; and provides curricular inputs to NWC and other schools. In 2013, while deployed in the Pacific as a Regional Security Education Program scholar aboard USS Nimitz, he delivered twenty-five hours of presentations. Erickson has lectured extensively at government, academic, and private sector institutions throughout the United States and Asia. He has briefed the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations and his Executive Panel, as well as the Secretary of the Navy, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, other Executive Branch officials, and multiple Members of Congress; and testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Armed Services Committee, and U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He has provided inputs for, and reviews of, various government programs and reports.
Erickson received his Ph.D. and M.A. in international relations and comparative politics from Princeton University and graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College with a B.A. in history and political science. He has studied Mandarin in the Princeton in Beijing program at Beijing Normal University's College of Chinese Language and Culture; and Japanese language, politics, and economics in the year-long Associated Kyoto Program at Doshisha University. Erickson previously worked for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as a Chinese translator and technical analyst. He gained early experience working briefly at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong, the U.S. Senate, and the White House. Proficient in Mandarin Chinese and conversant in Japanese, he has traveled extensively in Asia and has lived in China, Japan, and Korea.
Erickson's research--which focuses on Asia-Pacific defense, international relations, technology, and resource issues--has been published widely in English- and Chinese-language edited volumes and in such peer-reviewed journals as China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China (forthcoming), Asian Security, Journal of Strategic Studies, Orbis, Asia Policy, Pacific Focus, China Security, and Acta Astronautica; as well as in Foreign Affairs, The Washington Quarterly (forthcoming), The National Interest, The American Interest, Foreign Policy, War on the Rocks, Joint Force Quarterly, IHS Jane's, China International Strategy Review (Chinese- and English-language editions), Fudan American Review, and International and Strategic Studies Report (Peking University). Erickson has also published annotated translations of several Chinese articles on maritime strategy. His coauthored Foreign Affairs.com article, "Not-So-Empty Talk: The Danger of China's 'New Type of Great-Power Relations' Slogan," has been read widely in U.S. and Asian policy circles. Erickson's National Interest article "Showtime: China Reveals Two 'Carrier-Killer' Missiles" received more than 65,000 page views in its first 24 hours online. His RealClearDefense piece "What Sort of Navy America Needs" registered 60,000 page views in its first 24 hours online.
Erickson is the author of Chinese Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile Development (Jamestown Foundation, 2013). He is coauthor of two books: Gulf of Aden Anti-Piracy and China's Maritime Commons Presence (Jamestown, 2015) and Assessing China's Cruise Missile Ambitions (National Defense University, 2014). He has coauthored three additional volumes: Charting China's International Security Activism (Center for a New American Security, 2015) and the CMSI monographs Chinese Antipiracy Operations in the Gulf of Aden (2013) and Chinese Mine Warfare (2009). Erickson is the editor of two volumes: a study of China's military and commercial shipbuilding industry (Naval Institute Press, forthcoming) and Proceedings of the 47th History Symposium of the International Academy of Astronautics (held in Beijing, 2013). He is coeditor of, and a contributor to, eight volumes: Basing and Forward Presence in the Asia-Pacific (2014); the five-volume Naval Institute Press book series, "Studies in Chinese Maritime Development," comprising Chinese Aerospace Power (2011), China, the U.S., and 21st Century Sea Power (2010), China Goes to Sea (2009), China's Energy Strategy (2008), and China's Future Nuclear Submarine Force (2007); as well as the CMSI volume China's Near Seas Combat Capabilities (2014), and the Naval War College Newport Paper China's Nuclear Force Modernization (2005).
Erickson's work has been cited widely in scholarly publications and reports from the U.S. government and think tanks such as RAND and the Brookings Institution. He has been quoted extensively in numerous newspapers, magazines, and online sources, including Wired, Bloomberg, The BBC, The Economist, Aviation Week & Space Technology, and The New York Times. Erickson's work is also featured in a broad range of print, television, radio, and Internet media. Erickson has published op-eds with CBS and the Asahi Shimbun (Japanese- and English-language editions), and has appeared on CNN, C-SPAN, and the John Batchelor Show. He tweets at @AndrewSErickson and is listed among The China Studies Twitterati 50.
Erickson is co-founder of China SignPost™ 洞察中国 (www.chinasignpost.com), a research newsletter and web portal that covers key developments in Greater China, with particular focus on natural resource, technology, industry, and trade issues. He has coauthored 91 China SignPost™ reports. Analyses have anticipated: limitations in the implementation and efficacy of Xi-era reforms (#81), China's recent stock market slump (#89), and a long-run S-curved slowdown in China's economic growth rate and overall development trajectory (#44). Links to these, and Erickson's other publications, can be found at China Analysis from Original Sources 以第一手资料研究中国 (www.andrewerickson.com), a website that posts and curates analyses, many based on Chinese-language sources not previously assessed by foreign observers, to offer insights into China and its impact on the world.
China's military and foreign policy
Japan/Asia-Pacific security and international relations
Chinese defense science, technology, and industry
Maritime and aerospace technology development, history and current status
Energy, resources, and geostrategy
Military basing and power projection
Sino-American relations and contemporary policy issues