China Maritime Studies Institute

China Maritime Studies Institute (CMSI) scholars perform academic research from Chinese-language sources to develop deeper insight into key aspects of China’s maritime power. CMSI publishes research to inform the U.S. Navy and engage the nation; CMSI faculty also advise current leaders and educate the Navy’s next generation.

Director, China Maritime Studies Institute

About China Maritime Studies Institute

The Center for Naval Warfare Studies, as part of the U.S. Naval War College (NWC), provides a broad-based education as CMSI’s mission is to better understand China’s approach to building and using maritime power in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. It involves the following activity areas.

  • Conducting research in primary source, Chinese-language materials and scholarly literature.
  • Writing and publishing books, monographs, and articles on Chinese maritime and strategic developments, prioritizing content that is valuable to the fleet.
  • Advising current Naval, joint, and civilian national security decision-makers, including the Chief of Naval Operations, fleet commanders, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the National Intelligence Council, the National Security Council, and Congress.
  • Educating future Naval, joint, and civilian national security decision-makers through participation in the U.S. Naval War College core and electives curriculum, research groups, lectures of opportunity, and faculty development.
  • Engaging with U.S. allies and partners and interacting with both the wider academic and professional communities as well as the public.

China Maritime Studies Red Books

China Maritime Studies Number 17: The Maritime Fulcrum of the Indo-Pacific: Indonesia and Malaysia Respond to China’s Creeping Expansion in the South China Sea

The China Maritime Studies are extended research projects that the editor, the Dean of Naval Warfare Studies, and the President of the Naval War College consider of particular interest to policy makers, scholars, and analysts.

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CMSI China Maritime Reports

China Maritime Reports are short papers exploring topics of current interest, published at the direction of the CMSI Director.

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China Maritime Studies Institute Conferences

These conferences serve to stimulate focused research and foster dialogue among Chinese and American specialists resulting in enhanced understanding and continued productive research and analysis on focus areas. Although short in duration, the CMSI conferences provide a lasting impact on research that informs leaders and policy makers.

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Our experienced and renowned faculty have years of earned expertise across a wide range of naval and educational topics. To learn more, please use the link below to access the online directory.

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CMSI Faculty Publications

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