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Michael Chase

Adjunct Lecturer of China Studies

  • Campus Location: Washington DC


Michael S. Chase is a senior political scientist at RAND, a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. A specialist in China and Asia-Pacific security issues, he was previously an associate professor at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, Rhode Island, where he served as director of the strategic deterrence group in the Warfare Analysis and Research Department and taught in the Strategy and Policy Department. Prior to joining the faculty at NWC, he was a research analyst at Defense Group Inc. and an associate international policy analyst at RAND. He is the author of the book Taiwan's Security Policy and numerous chapters and articles on China and Asia-Pacific security issues. His work has appeared in journals such as Asia Policy, Asian Security, China Brief, Survival, and the Journal of Strategic Studies. His current research focuses on Chinese military modernization, China's nuclear policy and strategy and nuclear force modernization, Taiwan's defense policy, and Asia-Pacific security issues. Chase holds a PhD in international affairs and MA in China Studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS and a BA in politics from Brandeis University. In addition, he studied Chinese at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in Nanjing, China.


In the News

Bolstering the U.S.-Japan alliance amid China’s military resurgence.

Michael Chase wrote for Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 10/10

Responding to China’s complicated views on international order.

Michael Chase wrote for Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 10/10

Maintaining the U.S. edge in the freely associated states.

Michael Chase wrote for East Asia Forum, 9/2