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University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation

James Lee

Assistant Research Fellow
Academia Sinica (Taiwan)

James Lee is an assistant research fellow (equivalent to assistant professor) at the Institute of European and American Studies at Academia Sinica in Taiwan and an affiliated researcher at IGCC. He received his Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University in 2018 and subsequently held postdoctoral positions at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy and the University of California, San Diego.

His research examines international affairs from an interdisciplinary perspective. Using a mixed-methods approach that draws on proficiency in several modern and classical languages, he studies geoeconomics, economic statecraft, and grand strategy, focusing on U.S. foreign policy and U.S.-Taiwan relations. His research has been published in the International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Strategic Studies, the Journal of East Asian Studies, and the Journal of Chinese Political Science.

He is also interested in ongoing developments in U.S.-Taiwan relations. He has written policy briefs on the United States’ One-China policy for IGCC, and he has also written on Taiwan’s security for Political Violence at a Glance. His analysis of Taiwan’s security has been featured in a variety of international media, including Voice of America, East Asia Forum, The Diplomat, Al Jazeera, El Mercurio, and the Ploughshares Fund. He is a member of the U.S.-Taiwan Next Generation Working Group, a program organized by the Institute of East Asian Studies at UC Berkeley for specialists in Taiwan’s foreign affairs.

See his CV here.

Listen to James Lee discuss his research interests in Taiwan here:

Listen to James give a talk at the Netword for Strategic Analysis on whether war in Taiwan is inevitable:

Expertise & Interests

  • U.S. grand strategy
  • U.S.-Taiwan relations
  • Europe and East Asia