Thomas J. Christensen

Alastair Iain Johnston 江憶恩


  • Deputy Director

Chen Yali (Lily)

  • 2016-2017 Fellow

Nate Adler

  • Alumni Student Affiliate

Xu Xin

Xu Xin (徐昕) is Acting Director of the China and Asia-Pacific Studies Program (CAPS) and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University. He received a BA and MA in International Relations from Peking University and a PhD in Government from Cornell University.

He returned to Cornell and joined the CAPS program as CAPS Associate Director in 2007. He was formerly Associate Professor of International Relations in the Department of International Politics at Peking University in China, and Associate Professor of Asia Pacific Studies at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan. He was also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs, an International Fellow at the Charles F. Kettering Foundation in the United States, a Postdoctoral Fellow on National Security in the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University, and a Visiting Research Fellow, Professional Specialist, and Acting Director of the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program at Princeton University.

His research and teaching focus on Chinese foreign policy and East Asian international relations. His areas of interest include the identity politics of the Taiwan issue, China’s grand strategy, East Asian security politics, and Olympics and international relations. He has published articles and book chapters both in English and Chinese about various issues in these areas. He has co-editedHistory of the People’s Republic of China’s Foreign Relations, 1949-1989 (Peking University Press, 1994), and co-translated Hans J. Morgenthau’s Politics among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace, 7th edition (Peking University Press, 2006), and coauthored The Beijing Olympiad: The Political Economy of a Sporting Mega-Event (Routledge, 2007). He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled The Power of Identity: China and East Asian Security Politics in the Post-Cold War Era.



Xu, Xin. “Harmonization of NTS Securitization in U.S.-China Security Cooperation.Ritsumeikan Journal of Asia Pacific Studies, Vol.19 (December 2005): 1-28.

Xu, Xin. “Multilateralism and Three Visions of Regional Security Order in the Asia Pacific: International Systemic Change in the Post-Cold War Era.” Ritsumeikan Journal of Asia Pacific Studies, Vol.16 (February 2005): 83-107.

Xu, Xin. “Coercion Against Foregone Losses: Beijing’s Strategy During the 1995-1996 Taiwan Strait Crisis.” Ritsumeikan Journal of Asia Pacific Studies, Vol.9 (September 2002): 15-43.

Xu, Xin. “The Dynamics of the Taiwan Question in Chinese Foreign Policy: Dialectics of National Identity and International Constraints.” Ritsumeikan Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies, Vol. 7 (April 2001): 163-176.



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