Isaac B. Kardon (孔适海) is assistant professor in the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the Naval War College. He researches and writes on China's maritime disputes, China's global port development and overseas basing, and China-Pakistan relations. He teaches Chinese politics and foreign policy. Kardon's book, China's Law of the Sea: The New Rules of Maritime Order (Yale, 2023) tackles the question of whether and how China is "changing the rules" in the maritime domain. His work on ports appears in International Security, Security Studies, and the Naval War college Review. He studied Mandarin at Peking University, Tsinghua University, National Taiwan Normal University, and Hainan University.