Kathleen Walsh

Associate Professor National Security Affairs
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Kathleen (Kate) Walsh is associate professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College where she has taught policy analysis since 2006. Walsh is a member of the Faculty Advisory Council, the NWC’s Asia Pacific Studies Group (APSG) director and the founder/director of the Oceanography & Maritime Security Group (OMSG). She was a senior consultant to Washington, D.C.-area think tanks including senior associate at the Stimson Center and senior associate at a D.C.-area defense consulting firm, among other past positions there. Her research focuses on China and the Asia-Pacific region, particularly issues of security, technology, innovation and ocean or "blue" economy issues.

Areas of Expertise

  • Asia-Pacific
  • China
  • Foreign Policy
  • International Relations
  • National Security
  • Policy

Professional Highlights


Joined US Naval War College

Associate Professor of National Security Affairs and China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI) Affiliate. Teach Policy Analysis and Theater/National Security Decisionmaking within the National Security Affairs Department; Research China/Asia security and US foreign policy.

Consultant on International and Asian Security

Projects for the Stimson Center's Program on the Future of Peace Operations, Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)' International Security Program Asia Project, Monterey Institute for International Affairs' Center for Nonproliferation Studies, and Los Alamos Technical Associates (LATA)

Senior Associate, Stimson Center

Projects Director, Program on Linking Trade, Technology & Security. Author of Foreign High-Tech R&D in China: Risks, Rewards and Implications for US-China Relations (Stimson, 2003). Analyst & Sr Technical Advisor for Study Group on Enhancing Multilateral Export Controls for U.S. National Security

Senior Associate, DFI International (defense consulting firm)

Principal Investigator for DFI’s US Government-sponsored projects involving research & analysis of China-related security, technology, and trade issues. Author of study on U.S. Commercial Technology Transfers to the People’s Republic of China commissioned + published by U.S. Department of Commerce

Research Associate, Henry L. Stimson Center

Worked with Stimson Center president to expand programming for the Project on Confidence-Building Measures in Regions of Tension to include study of and exchanges with scholars from the People's Republic of China, particularly on issues of arms control, nonproliferation and regional security.


M.A., Columbia University's School of Public and International Affairs, International Security Policy

B.A., George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, International Affairs

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Research Contributions and Publications

Presentation on the US-China Trade War in the Context of US-China Relations
State Economic Development Executives (SEDE) Network, hosted by the Rhode Island, Commerce Corporation
Wexford Innovation Center, Providence, RI

Awards and Decorations

U.S. Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award (2020)

External Memberships and Associations

National Research Council’s Committee on Global S&T Strategies and Their Effect on US National Security
Member 2009-10

National Research Council’s Committee on Assessing the Need for a National Defense Stockpile
Member 2007-8

NWC China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI)

NWC Asia-Pacific Studies Group

NWC Wylie Group

NWC Oceanography and Maritime Security (OMSG)
Founder & Director

National Committee on US-China Relations
Member (2013-present)

United States Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific — USCSCAP
April 1996-present

Women in International Security (WIIS)

Naval War College Foundation

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