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Andrew S. Erickson, Ph.D.  艾立信, 博士

Andrew S. Erickson, Ph.D. 艾立信, 博士

Associate Professor 副教授
China Maritime Studies Institute 中国海事研究所
(401) 841-4161


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). Since 2008, he has been an Associate in Research at Harvard University’s John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. Erickson also serves as an expert contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s China Real Time Report (中国实时报), for which he has authored or coauthored 29 articles. 

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. He has also helped escort the Commander of China’s Navy and his delegation on a visit to Harvard.

In addition to advising a wide range of student research and providing curricular inputs, Erickson has taught courses at the Naval War College and Yonsei University. In 2013, he deployed in the Pacific as a Regional Security Education Program scholar aboard USS Nimitz(CVN68), Carrier Strike Group 11. Erickson 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, other Executive Branch officials, and multiple Members of Congress; and testified before the House Armed Services Committee (Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee) and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He has provided inputs for, and reviews of, various government reports. 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 fromPrinceton 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 English- and Chinese-language edited volumes and in such peer-reviewed journals as China QuarterlyAsian SecurityJournal of Strategic StudiesOrbisAsia PolicyPacific Focus, China Security, and Acta Astronautica; as well as in Foreign Affairs, The National InterestThe American InterestForeign PolicyJoint Force Quarterly, IHS Jane’sChina International Strategy Review (Chinese- and English-language editions), and International and Strategic Studies Report (Center for International and Strategic Studies, Peking University). Erickson has also published annotated translations of several Chinese articles on maritime strategy. Most recently, his coauthored Foreign article, “Not-So-Empty Talk: The Danger of China’s ‘New Type of Great-Power Relations’ Slogan,” has been read widely in U.S. and Asian policy circles.

Erickson is the author of Chinese Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile Development (2013). National Defense University Press recently published his coauthored book, Assessing China’s Cruise Missile Ambitions (2014). He is coauthor of three additional volumes: a Jamestown Foundation study analyzing the impact of antipiracy deployments on China’s blue water presence (forthcoming 2014) as well as of the CMSI monographs Chinese Antipiracy Operations in the Gulf of Aden (2013) and Chinese Mine Warfare (2009). Erickson is editor of the forthcoming Proceedings of the Forty-Seventh History Symposium of the International Academy of Astronautics. He is coeditor of, and a contributor to, eight volumes: Basing and Forward Presence in the Asia-Pacific (2014); 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 CMSI volume China’s Near Seas Combat Capabilities (2014), and the Naval War College Newport Paper China’s Nuclear Force Modernization (2005). 

Erickson’s work has been cited widely in scholarly publications and reports from the U.S. government and think tanks such as RAND and the Brookings Institution. It is also featured in a broad range of television, radio, and Internet forums such as CNN, C-SPAN, the BBC, and the John Batchelor Show. Erickson has been quoted extensively in numerous newspapers, magazines, and online sources, including WiredBloombergThe Economist, and The New York Times.

Erickson is co-founder of China SignPost™ 洞察中国 <>, a research newsletter and web portal that covers key developments in Greater China, with particular focus on natural resource, technology, industry, and trade issues. He has coauthored 80 China SignPost™ reports. Links to these, and his other publications, can be found at China Analysis from Original Sources 以第一手资料研究中国 <>, 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

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