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University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation

Eric Hagt

Director of the China Program, Center for Defense Information
Johns Hopkins University

Eric Hagt earned a Ph.D. in 2019 at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies with a focus on China’s civil-military integration strategy. He is currently editing his dissertation into a book with a University Press. Between 2004 and 2012, he held the directorship of the China Program at the Center for Defense Information in Washington, D.C. where he was founder and chief editor of the quarterly policy journal, China Security and managed research projects on Sino-U.S. strategic relations in space, defense acquisition, science and technology as well as non-traditional security topics. He has undertaken studies on China’s defense modernization efforts for UC San Diego’s Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation, the Naval War College, the National Bureau of Asian Research, and the Rand Corporation.

He has testified before Congress’s U.S.–China Economic and Security Review Commission and has authored publications in journals including Survival, Journal of Strategic Studies, Naval War College Review and China Security as well as published chapters in The PLA’s Role in National Security Policy-making, by Stanford University Press, 2015 and Forging China’s Military Might, by Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.

Expertise & Interests

  • China
  • Civil-military integration
  • Defense