Stephen Philip Cohen

Stephen Cohen joined Brookings in 1998, after retiring as a Professor of History and Political Science at the University of Illinois. He has also taught in India, Singapore and Japan, and served on the Policy Planning Staff of the State Department. In 2004 Dr. Cohen was named as one of America’s five hundred most influential people in the area of foreign  policy.

Dr. Cohen is author or editor of over fifteen books on Asian security and US policy in the region, his most recent (2013) is “Shooting for a Century: The India Pakistan Conundrum”.


Dale Copeland

Dale Copeland is the author of The Origins of Major War, (Cornell U.P., Cornell Studies in Security Affairs, 2000), a study of the link between the rise and decline of great powers and the outbreak of devastating system-wide wars. His second book project, Economic Interdependence and International Conflict, examines the conditions under which inter-state trade will lead to either war or peace. Other research interests include the origins of economic interdependence between great powers, the realist-constructivist divide, in-group/out-group theory and the logic of reputation-building, and the interconnection between international political economy and security studies. Recent articles include: "The Constructivist Challenge to Structural Realism" (International Security, Fall 2000); "Economic Interdependence and War" (International Security, Spring 1996); "Trade Expectations and the Outbreak of Peace" (Security Studies, Autumn 1999/Winter 2000). He is the recipient of numerous awards, including MacArthur and Mellon Fellowships and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University.


John Echeverri-Gent

John Echeverri-Gent is associate professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia.  He is author of The State and the Poor: Public Policy and Political Development in India and the United States and co-editor of Economic Reform in Three Giants: U.S. Foreign Policy and the USSR, China, and India.  He has written many articles in comparative public policy and the political economy of development.  His most recent publication is “Understanding India’s Response to the Global Financial Crisis: From Quick Rebound to Endless Slowdown?” forthcoming in the volume Unexpected Outcomes: The Quick Rebound of Emerging Powers from the Global Financial Crisis to be published by Brookings.  He is currently completing a book-length manuscript entitled Politics of Markets: Political Economy of India’s Capital Markets. 


Harry Harding

Harry Harding is Dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia.  His previous positions include faculty appointments at Swarthmore College and Stanford University, Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs and University Professor of International Affairs at George Washington University, and Director of Research and Analysis at Eurasia Group.

Harding’s major publications include The India-China Relationship: What the United States Needs to Know (co-edited with Francine Frankel; A Fragile Relationship: The United States and China Since 1972, Sino-American Relations, 1945-1955: A Joint Reassessment of a Critical Debate (co-edited with Yuan Ming, China's Second Revolution: Reform After Mao, China’s Foreign Relations in the 1980s (editor), and Organizing China: The Problem of Bureaucracy, 1949-76.

Among other positions, he also serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (Singapore), and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.    His previous positions include service as Vice Chairman of the Asia Foundation and memberships on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs and the U.S. Defense Policy Board.


April A. Herlevi

Ms. Herlevi is currently in the PhD program in Politics at the University of Virginia. Her research interests include international political economy, foreign direct investment, migration, East Asian regional relations, and China’s political and economic development. Prior to UVA, she spent 10 years as a federal civil servant, holding positions with the US Navy, US Marine Corps, and US Agency for International Development (USAID). Ms. Herlevi completed a research fellowship at the National Intelligence Council (NIC) examining China-Southeast Asia relations, conducting interviews in Beijing, Singapore, and Jakarta, Indonesia.

Ms. Herlevi has a BA in Political Science and minor in economics from North Carolina State University (summa cum laude) and a Master’s of Public Policy (MPP) from George Mason University. Ms. Herlevi has served as a graduate instructor for courses on US Foreign Policy and Chinese Politics. Ms. Herlevi’s dissertation will explore the role of foreign investment in China’s economic development and the increasing integration of East Asian trade and investment networks.


Melvyn P. Leffler

Melvyn Leffler is Edward Stettinius Professor of American History at The University of Virginia and a Faculty Fellow of the Governing America in a Global Era program at UVA’s Miller Center. He is the author of several books on the Cold War and on U.S. relations with Europe, including For the Soul of Mankind (2007), which won the George Louis Beer Prize from the American Historical Association, and A Preponderance of Power (1993), which won the Bancroft, Hoover, and Ferrell Prizes. In 2002-3, he was the Harmsworth Professor at Oxford. He has been president of the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations and has been the recipient of fellowships from the Council on Foreign Relations, the United States Institute of Peace, the Woodrow Wilson International Center, the Library of Congress (Henry Kissinger Chair), and the Norwegian Nobel Institute. Most recently, he is the co-editor, along with Jeff Legro, of In Uncertain Times: American Foreign Policy After the Cold War (2011). In 2010, he and Odd Arne Westad co-edited the three volume Cambridge History of the Cold War. He is now working on the foreign policy of the George W. Bush administration.


Jeffrey W. Legro

Jeffrey W. Legro is Randolph P. Compton Professor. He is a co-founder and faculty associate of the Governing America in a Global Era Program at the Miller Center of Public Affairs. A specialist on international relations, Legro is the author of Rethinking the World: Great Power Strategies and International Order (2005) and Cooperation under Fire: Anglo-German Restraint during World War II (1995) and the editor (with Melvyn Leffler) of To Lead the World: U.S. Strategy after the Bush Doctrine (Oxford, 2008) and In Uncertain Times: American Foreign Policy after the Berlin Wall and 9/11 (Cornell, 2011). He is a contributor to such volumes as The Culture of National Security (1996), China’s Ascent: Power, Security, and the Future of International Politics (2008) and Avoiding Trivia: The Role of Strategic Planning in American Foreign Policy (2009). Legro chaired the American Political Science Association (APSA) Task Force on U.S. Standing in the World and is past president of APSA’s International History and Politics section. His articles on American foreign policy, international cooperation and conflict, China’s future in world politics, international norms and law, military doctrine and strategy, and the causes of foreign policy ideas and national identity have appeared in Foreign Policy, The American Political Science Review, International Organization, International Security, American Journal of Political Science, European Journal of International Relations , and Perspectives on Politics. He is on the editorial board of the Washington Quarterly. He has been awarded fellowships from the Council on Foreign Relations, U.S. Institute of Peace, The Ford Foundation, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, Institute for the Study of World Politics, and Harvard University’s Olin Institute and Center for Science and International Affairs. Legro received his B.A. from Middlebury College and Ph.D. from UCLA. He previously was on the faculty at the University of Minnesota and has been a Fulbright professor at China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing.


Guan-Yi Leu

Guan-Yi Leu specializes in international relations, international political economy, and China and East Asian politics. Leu’s research focuses on trade politics and negotiations, and comparative foreign and economic policy among China and East Asian economies. Her dissertation, Cooperation for Diversification: Partnership Selection in Preferential Trade Agreements in East Asia, analyzes the politics and strategies of China, Japan, and ASEAN in negotiating trade agreements with one another. She has published research and contributed commentaries to the Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, The Asan Forum, and Issues & Studies. She was a recipient of a visiting fellowship at the Institute of Political Science, Academic Sinicia, and the best thesis award of the National Science Council in Taiwan. She holds a Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Virginia and a M.A and B.A., cum laude, from National Taiwan University.


Li Li

Dr. Li Li is an associate research fellow at China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), Beijing, China. Since 1991, she has specialized in sequence in the Middle East studies, the American studies and the South Asian studies. She is presently the deputy director of the Institute of South and South-East Asian and Oceanian Studies of CICIR. Between 2004 and 2008, she did her research on China-India relations at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), India. In January 2008, she was awarded a doctorate degree in international relations by JNU. She has written extensively on India and South Asia, Middle East politics, and US relations with the Islamic world. She is the author of Security Perception and China-India Relations (New Delhi: KW Publishers, 2009) and many papers and articles, both in Chinese and in English. She can be reached at jasmineli3@yahoo.com.


Tanvi Madan

Tanvi Madan is a Fellow in the Foreign Policy program and Director of The India Project at the Brookings Institution. Madan’s work explores Indian foreign policy. She also researches the intersection between Indian energy policies and its foreign and security policies. Madan is currently working on a book on the U.S.-India relationship and China. Previously, she was a Harrington doctoral fellow and teaching assistant at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to that, she was a research analyst at Brookings, working with James B. Steinberg and Stephen P. Cohen. She has also previously worked in the Indian information technology and media sectors. In addition to a Ph.D. from UT-Austin, Madan has an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University and a B.A. (Hons.) in History from Lady Shri Ram College, India. She has authored publications on India's foreign policy, as well as its energy security policies.


Deepa Ollapally

Deepa Ollapally is directing a major research project on power and identity and the worldviews of rising and aspiring powers in Asia and Eurasia. Her research focuses on domestic foreign policy debates in India and its implications for regional security and global leadership of the U.S.

Dr. Ollapally has received major grants from the Carnegie Corporation, MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Asia Foundation for projects related to India and Asia.

She is a frequent commentator in the media, including appearances on CNN, BBC, CBS, Reuters TV and the Diane Rehm Show.


Matthew Rudolph

Matthew Rudolph is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Government Department at Georgetown University.  His research and teaching focus on Political Economy and Political Military issues in and between China and India; including connections with South Asia, Greater China and US policy in Asia.  His work is based on the premise that security should be defined broadly to encompass economy, international society, military security, and technology. His research approach blends international and domestic factors, emphasizing political institutions and political elites. He has worked on security politics and arms control in Asia; the international political economy of finance; and U.S., Indian, and Chinese foreign policy.  

He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Cornell University and has taught at Princeton University, the Naval Postgraduate School (Monterey, CA), and at the University of California (Santa Cruz).    For links to Matthew’s work please visit http://himalayancrossings.com/. He blogs at http://himalayancrossing.blogspot.com/. He may also be reached by e-mail at: bandarpunch@gmail.com.    


Howard B. Schaffer

Howard B. Schaffer is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches a course on diplomatic practice. He served in the U.S. Foreign Service for 36 years, and was a leading South Asia expert, who spent 8 years in India and also served in Pakistan and as U.S. ambassador to Bangladesh. He is the author of biographies of two former ambassadors to India, Chester Bowles and Ellsworth Bunker, and of The Limits of Influence: America’s Role in Kashmir. He received his BA from Harvard, and did graduate work at Columbia and Princeton.


Teresita C. Schaffer

Teresita C. Schaffer is a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a senior advisor to McLarty Associates. During her previous 30-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, she was one of the State Department’s leading experts on South Asia, with a focus on international economic issues. She served in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and as U.S. ambassador to Sri Lanka. She is the author of India and the United States in the 21st Century: Reinventing Partnership. She received her BA from Bryn Mawr College, studied at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, and did graduate work at Georgetown University .


Ni Shixiong

Ni Shixiong, professor of international relations, is former Dean of the School of International Relations and Public Affairs at Fudan University and former director, the Center for American Studies at Fudan University, Shanghai, China. He is now Director of the Shanghai Shixiong Center for International Exchanges (SSCIE). He did postdoctoral research at Harvard University (1980-1981);has made about 60 visits to the U.S.A. since then, attending conferences and lecturing at different universities there. During his visits, he met with many important figures such as Admiral Thomas Fargo(Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet), General Brent Scowcroft, Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brezinski. In the past 20 years, he has also made frequent academic trips to some other counties (the U.K., Canada,

Russia, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Pakistan, Vietnam, Luxembourg, Norway and Sweden) and regions (Hong Kong and Taiwan).

Professor Ni’s publications include Selected Readings on American School of Thought in International Relations; Conflict and Cooperation: An Introduction to Western Strategies; Reflection of the Century’s Winds: Contemporary International Relations; International Human Rights; War and Morality: The Rise of Nuclear Ethics; From Normalization to Renormalization: 20 Years of Sino-U.S. Relations; American Studies Series, Contemporary Western Theories in International Relations.30 years of Sino-U.S. Relations in the Eye of a Chinese Scholar; and Selected Papers in the Exploration of International Relations Theories. In addition, he has published over 150 papers and article on international relations.

Professor Ni is Vice President of National Association of International Politics for Chinese Universities and Vice President of Chinese Association of American Studies. He is now on the member of committee of Social sciences, Ministry of Education in China.


Robert G. Sutter

Robert Sutter is Professor of Practice of International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA), George Washington University. He also directs the ESIA program of Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs, involving over 1,000 students.

A Ph.D. graduate in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University, Sutter taught full-time at Georgetown University (2001-2011) and part-time for thirty years at Georgetown, George Washington, Johns Hopkins Universities, or the University of Virginia. In 2013, he published his twentieth book, Foreign Relations of the PRC: The Legacies and Constraints of China’s International Politics since 1949 (Rowman and Littlefield), and the second edition of U.S.-Chinese Relations: Perilous Past, Pragmatic Present (Rowman and Littlefield).The third edition of his award winning survey Chinese Foreign Relations: Power and Policy since the Cold War (Rowman and Littlefield) was published in 2012. Sutter’s government career (1968-2001) involved work as an analyst and senior manager involved with Asian and Pacific affairs and U.S. foreign policy for the U.S. intelligence agencies and the Congress.






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