Isaac B. Kardon, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Strategic and Operational Research Department
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Isaac B. Kardon (孔适海) is assistant professor in the Strategic and Operational Research Department, China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI). He specializes in Chinese foreign policy and writes on China's maritime disputes, Indo-Pacific maritime security and commerce and China-Pakistan relations. He teaches classes on Chinese politics and foreign policy and serves as managing editor of the CMSI Red Book series. His book “China’s Law of the Sea: The New Rules of Maritime Order” (Yale, forthcoming) analyzes China's influence on "the rules" of the international law of the sea. His current research focuses on commercial ports owned and/or operated by PRC firms.

Areas of Expertise

  • Asia-Pacific
  • China
  • Geopolitics
  • Indian Ocean
  • International Law
  • International Relations
  • Maritime Strategy
  • South China Sea
  • Taiwan

Professional Highlights


Wilson China Fellow, Wilson Center


Public Intellectual Program Fellow (VI), National Committee on US-China Relations


Associate in Research, Harvard University, Fairbank Center


Post-Doctoral Fellow, Princeton University, China & the World Program


Visiting Scholar, Academia Sinica, Taipe


Visiting Scholar, PRC National Institute of South China Sea Studies


Visiting Scholar, NYU Law, US-Asia Law Institute


Research Analyst, National Defense University, Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs


Ph.D., 2017, Cornell University, Government

M.Phil, 2009, Oxford University, Modern Chinese Studies

B.A., 2005, Dartmouth College, History

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Related Credentials

Language training Oxford University

Language training Peking University

Language training Taiwan Normal University

Language training Tsinghua University

Associate in Research, Harvard University, Fairbank Center For Chinese Studies

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Princeton University, China & the World Program

Research Contributions and Publications

Please see CV above

Awards and Decorations

Fulbright-Hays Award
Department of Education

Lee Teng-Hui Award
Cornell University

FLAS Award
Department of Education

External Memberships and Associations

Council on Foreign Relations
Term Member

National Committee on U.S.-China Relations

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