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Dr. Andrew S. Erickson is an Associate Professor in the Strategic Research Department at the U.S. Naval War College and a core founding member of the department's China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI). He is an Associate in Research at Harvard University's John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies (2008-). Erickson also serves as an expert contributor to the Wall Street Journal's China Real Time Report (中国实时报). In spring 2013, he deployed in the Pacific as a Regional Security Education Program scholar aboard USS Nimitz (CVN68), Carrier Strike Group 11.
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 Beijing, Qingdao, Chengdu, and Shanghai.
In addition to advising a wide range of student research, Erickson has taught courses at the Naval War College and Yonsei University, and 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. Erickson previously worked for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as a Chinese translator and technical analyst. He has also worked 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 Japanese, he has traveled extensively in Asia and has lived in China, Japan, and Korea.
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's research, which focuses on Asia-Pacific defense, international relations, technology, and resource issues, has been published widely in edited volumes and in such peer-reviewed journals as China Quarterly (forthcoming, print version), Asian Security, Journal of Strategic Studies, Orbis, Asia Policy (forthcoming), and China Security; as well as in Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, The American Interest, Foreign Policy, Joint Force Quarterly, and China International Strategy Review (published in Chinese-language edition, forthcoming in English-language edition). Erickson has also published annotated translations of several Chinese articles on maritime strategy.
Erickson is the author of the Jamestown Foundation monograph "Chinese Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile Development" (2013) and coauthor of the CMSI monographs "Chinese Anti-Piracy Operations in the Gulf of Aden" (2013) and "Chinese Mine Warfare" (2009). His coauthored book, "A Low-Visibility Force Multiplier: Assessing China's Cruise Missile Ambitions," will soon be published by National Defense University Press. In 2014, Naval Institute Press will publish his coedited volume "Rebalancing U.S. Forces: Basing and Forward Presence in the Asia-Pacific." Erickson is coeditor of, and a contributor to, 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 Naval War College Newport Paper "China's Nuclear Force Modernization" (2005).
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 strategic commodities, trade, and security factors. Links to this, and his 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