About the Author

Ian Easton

Ian Easton is a Senior Director at the Project 2049 Institute, where he studies defense and security issues involving the People’s Republic of China. Previously, Ian was a visiting fellow at the Japan Institute for International Affairs, a China analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses, and a researcher for the Asia Bureau of Defense News. He has testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission and given talks at the U.S. Naval War College, U.S. Army JAG School, Japan’s National Defense Academy, Taiwan’s National Defense University, and Germany’s Command and Staff College. Ian holds an M.A. in China Studies from National Chengchi University in Taiwan and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He studied Mandarin at Fudan University in Shanghai and National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei.

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