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BC Expert: China & Taiwan

Robert Ross

Professor of Political Science Robert S. Ross

617-552-3259 (o)
617-733-4131 (c)

Professor Ross' research focuses on Chinese security policy, nationalism and Chinese defense policy, East Asian security, and U.S.-China relations. Ross is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Committee for U.S.-China Relations and a senior advisor to the Institute for American Studies, Shanghai.  He has testified before various Senate and House committees and the Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee and he advises various U.S. government agencies. He is the author/co-author of several books, including Chinese Security Policy: Structure, Power, and Politics; Negotiating Cooperation: The United States and China, 1969-1989, and  Great Wall and Empty Fortress: China’s Search for Security. Ross is co-editor of the books: China’s Ascent: Power, Security, and the Future of International Politics; US-China-EU Relations: Managing the New World Order; and New Directions in the Study of Chinese Foreign Policy. Ross’ works have appeared in World Politics, The China Quarterly, International Security, Security Studies, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, and Asian Survey.  His books and articles have been translated in China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and various European countries.




“This is a breakthrough in cross-strait diplomacy. Both the mainland and Taiwan leading parties are concerned about the implications of the January 2016 Taiwan presidential election for cross-strait relations and the potential for deteriorated relations.  This meeting is part of their effort to lock in stability before the Taiwan presidential succession.”




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