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.