Thomas J. Christensen

Alastair Iain Johnston 江憶恩


  • Deputy Director

Chen Yali (Lily)

  • 2016-2017 Fellow

Nate Adler

  • Alumni Student Affiliate

Dalton Lin

2015-2016 Fellow
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Kuen-da Dalton Lin (林坤達) specializes in international relations theories of bargaining between major and lesser powers, with an area focus on China and East Asia. His current research theorizes how great powers distribute patronage on their periphery to maximize regional influence. His English and Chinese language publications have appeared in Ballots & Bullets, Taipei Perspective, Thought Leaders, and the United Daily News. His research has been supported by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, Taiwan’s Ministry of Education, the Fulbright Scholar Program of the U.S. State Department, and the China Times Cultural Foundation, among others. He has held research affiliations at the Carter Center and the Institute of Political Science at Academia Sinica. Since 2008, he has served as the Executive Editor of the Taiwan Security Research (, a nonpartisan website aggregating and disseminating information on current events related to regional security issues surrounding Taiwan. Dalton holds a B.A. from the National Taiwan University and a M.A. from Australian National University (with High Distinction). He received his Ph.D. degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015.



“Rebalancing Taiwan-U.S. Relations” (with Nian-chong Chang Liao), Survival 57(6): 145-158, December 2015-January 2016


China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ Project and Its International Relations,” Carter Center China Program Policy Paper 1(2), September 2015

Security Implications of Geopolitics and Governance in the Pacific,” The Islander, Pacific Islands Society, November 10, 2015 (2015 Winner of Islands Society’s “Security Threats in the Pacific Essay Contest”)

The Cross-Strait Diplomatic Truce in the Pacific Islands,” Thought Leaders, Pacific Islands Society, October 27, 2014

How Should We Interpret China’s Assertive Diplomacy?Taipei Perspective No. 115, Taipei Forum, January 8, 2014

“New Asia Pivot: Obama’s Double Balancing Strategy” (with Philip Yang), United Daily News, April 25, 2014

Taiwan’s 2012 Presidential Election, Evolving Sino-US Relations, and the Prospect of Taiwan’s Security,” Ballots & Bullets, University of Nottingham, December 5, 2011

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