Isaac B. Kardon (孔适海) is assistant professor in the Strategic and Operational Research Department’s China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI). Dr. Kardon researches and writes on maritime disputes, Indo-Pacific maritime security and commerce, China-Pakistan relations, and the law of the sea. He teaches classes on Chinese foreign policy, and is managing editor of the CMSI Red Book series. His book manuscript, "China’s Law of the Sea: Rising Power, Creeping Jurisdiction,” analyzes Chinese influence on "the rules" of international politics through its practice of the law of the sea. He is also studying China’s overseas port projects, focusing on “strategic strongpoint” ports in the Indian Ocean.