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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). He is an Associate in Research at Harvard University’s John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies (2008-). 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 25 articles. In spring 2013, he deployed in the Pacific as a Regional Security Education Program scholar aboard USS Nimitz (CVN68), Carrier Strike Group 11.
Erickson is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the advisory committee for a forthcoming CFR Special Report examining how the United States can limit the proliferation of armed drones. 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 aFellow 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.
In addition to advising a wide range of student research, Erickson has taught courses at the Naval War College and Yonsei University, and 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 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 Policy, and China Security; as well as in Foreign Affairs, The National InterestThe American InterestForeign PolicyJoint Force Quarterly, IHSJane’sChina International Strategy Review (published in Chinese-language edition, forthcoming in English-language edition January 2014), 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. 
Erickson is the author of the Jamestown Foundation monograph Chinese Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile Development (2013) and coauthor of a Jamestown monograph analyzing the impact of antipiracy deployments on China’s blue water presence (forthcoming early 2014). He is coauthor of the CMSI monographs Chinese Antipiracy Operations in the Gulf of Aden (2013) and Chinese Mine Warfare (2009). His coauthored book, A Low-Visibility Force Multiplier: Assessing China’s Cruise Missile Ambitions, is scheduled to be released by National Defense University Press in early 2014. In May 2014, Naval Institute Press will publish his coedited volume Rebalancing U.S. Forces: Basing and Forward Presence in the Asia-Pacific. Erickson is coeditor of, and a contributor to, 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 volumeChina’s Near Seas Combat Power (forthcoming early 2014); and the Naval War College Newport Paper China’s Nuclear Force Modernization (2005). Erickson is editor of, and a contributor to, the forthcoming Proceedings of the Forty-Seventh History Symposium of the International Academy of Astronautics.
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 WiredBloomberg, 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 78 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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