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About the Contributors Dan Blumenthal (JD, Duke University) is the Director of Asian Studies and a Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he focuses on East Asian security issues and Sino-American relations. Mr. Blumenthal has both served in and advised the U.S. government on China issues for over a decade. From 2001 to 2004, he served as Senior Director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolia at the Department of Defense. Additionally, he has been a commissioner on the congressionally mandated U.S.-China EconomicandSecurityReviewCommissionsince2005,andheldtheposition of Vice Chairman in 2007. He has also been on the Academic Advisory Board of the congressional U.S.-China Working Group. Mr. Blumenthal is a widely published author, with over one hundred articles and opinion pieces featured in Newsweek, Foreign Policy magazine, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Weekly Standard, and National Review. He has also contributed chapters to numerous edited volumes. He speaks frequently on China as well as broader Asia policy issues to financial firms, academic institutions, international affairs organizations, and the U.S. government. Mr. Blumenthal is the co-author of the forthcoming book, An Awkward Embrace: The United States and China in the 21st Century (2012). He received a JD from Duke Law School and a MA from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University, and studied at the Capital Normal University in Beijing. Richard J. Ellings (PhD, University of Washington) is President and Cofounder of The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR). Prior to serving with NBR, from 1986 to 1989 he was Assistant Director and on the faculty of the Jackson School of International Studies of the University of Washington, where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award. He served as Legislative Assistant in the U.S. Senate, office of Senator Slade Gorton, in 1984 and 1985. Dr. Ellings is the author of Embargoes and World Power: Lessons from American Foreign Policy (1985); co-author of Private Property and National Security (1991); co-editor (with Aaron Friedberg) of Strategic Asia 2003–04: Fragility and Crisis (2003), Strategic Asia 2002–03: Asian Aftershocks (2002), and Strategic Asia 2001–02: Power and Purpose (2001); co-editor of Korea’s Future and the Great Powers (with Nicholas Eberstadt, 392 • Strategic Asia 2012–13 2001) and Southeast Asian Security in the New Millennium (with Sheldon Simon, 1996); founding editor of the NBR Analysis publication series; and co-chairman of the Asia Policy editorial board. He also established the Strategic Asia Program and AccessAsia, the national clearinghouse that tracks specialists and their research on Asia. Andrew S. Erickson (PhD, Princeton University) is an Associate Professor in the Strategic Research Department at the U.S. Naval War College and a founding member of the department’s China Maritime Studies Institute. He is also an Associate in Research at Harvard University’s John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and serves as an expert contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s China Real Time Report. Dr. Erickson has held fellowships with the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program and with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations’ Public Intellectuals Program. He has also worked in the U.S. embassy in Beijing, the U.S. consulate in Hong Kong, the U.S. Senate, and the White House. He has lived in China, Japan, and Korea and is proficient in Mandarin and Japanese. Dr. Erickson has taught courses at the U.S. Naval War College and Yonsei University, as well as lectured at academic and government institutions throughout the United States and Asia. His work has been widely published in such journals as Asian Security, Journal of Strategic Studies, Orbis, American Interest, and Joint Force Quarterly. He is a co-editor of, and a contributor to, the Naval Institute Press’s book series “Studies in Chinese Maritime Development,” and the co-founder of China SignPost, a research newsletter and web portal that covers key developments in China, including on natural resource, trade, and security issues. Thomas Fingar (PhD, Stanford University) is the inaugural OksenbergRohlen Distinguished Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. He was the Payne Distinguished Lecturer at Stanford during January–December 2009. From 2005 through 2008, he served as the first Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis and, concurrently, as Chairman of the National Intelligence Council. Dr. Fingar served previously as Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (2004...


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