Lyle Jared Goldstein, Ph.D.

Research Professor Strategic and Operational Research Department
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Lyle J. Goldstein is research professor in the China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI) at the Naval War College. The founding director of CMSI and author of dozens of articles on Chinese security policy, he focuses on Chinese undersea warfare. On the broader subject of US-China relations, Goldstein published the book Meeting China Halfway in 2015. Over the last several years, Goldstein has focused on the North Korea crisis. Goldstein speaks Russian as well as Chinese and is an affiliate of NWC's new Russia Maritime Studies Institute.

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Areas of Expertise

  • A2/AD
  • Arctic
  • Asia-Pacific
  • China
  • Cold War
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Diplomacy
  • Europe
  • International Relations
  • Korean War
  • Koreas
  • Mine Warfare
  • NATO
  • Nuclear
  • Russia
  • South China Sea
  • Southeast Asia
  • Submarine Warfare
  • Taiwan
  • UAVs/Drones
  • WMD

Professional Highlights


Research Professor

Prof. Goldstein now devotes his time to working on both Russian and also Chinese foreign policy and defense issues. Major areas of current focus include Russia-China relations, North Korea, undersea warfare, the Arctic, and the imperative to develop cooperative relations with other great powers.

Affiliate, Russia Maritime Studies Institute

Given major new tensions in US-Russia relations, Prof. Goldstein has rebalanced to some extent in order to contribute to enhanced understanding of Russian foreign and defense policy. He has made several research trips to Russia and continues to support the operations of NWC's new Russia institute.

Recipient, Superior Civilan Service Medal

Prof. Goldstein received this recognition for his work in developing CMSI. Stepping down from leadership of the institute allowed him to reflect on developments in US-China relations and the result was a major 2015 book: Meeting China Halfway: How to Defuse the Emerging US-China Rivalry

Director, China Maritime Studies Institute

As the founding director of CMSI, Prof. Goldstein set about building a first-class China institute with a lecture series, an annual conference, a monograph series, a language study seminar, and frequent NWC faculty visits to China. Most importantly, he focused on the set up of the CMSI library.

Associate Professor

On joining the NWC faculty, Prof. Goldstein worked on a variety of diverse projects, including the legacy of the Cold War at Sea, and publishing his dissertation on WMD proliferation crises. He also began to undertake studies on Chinese undersea warfare and Chinese maritime governance.


Ph.D., Princeton, 2002, Politics

M.A., Johns Hopkins SAIS, 1997, Strategic Studies and International Economics

B.A., Harvard, 1994, Government

Related Credentials

Russian language proficiency

Chinese language proficiency

Research Contributions and Publications

WMD Proliferation and Nuclear Asymmetry

Chinese Submarine Force and Mine Warfare Capabilities

Legacies of the Cold War at Sea

Russia-China Relations

Chinese Views of Non-traditional Security

"Cooperation Spirals" and US-China Relations

"Sense of the Faculty" Methodology

New Thinking and the North Korea Crisis

Awards and Decorations

Superior Civilian Service Medal

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