Nelson Institute Director’s Study Surveys Chinese Strategy in Central Asia

March 10, 2006

HARRISONBURG—The current issue of the foreign policy journal American Foreign Policy Interests publishes a study of Chinese strategy in Central Asia by Dr. J. Peter Pham, director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University.

The article, “ Beijing’s Great Game: Understanding Chinese Strategy in Central Eurasia,” which appears in volume 28, no. 1, pages 53-67, argues that China’s interest in the Central Asian region goes back to the beginning of modern state building and represents a complex and evolving frontier stabilization-cum-imperial project involving economic, military, and diplomatic components that continue to today.

American Foreign Policy Interests is a bimonthly journal published by Taylor & Francis for the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, a research organization founded in 1974 by the late Dr. Hans J. Morgenthau and dedicated to identifying, articulating, and helping to advance the national interests of the United States from a nonpartisan perspective within the framework of political realism. Dr. Pham was elected a member of the Committee’s Board of Advisors this past January.

Read Dr. Pham’s study here