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Axel Dessein is a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Grand Strategy in the War Studies Department of King’s College London and a managing editor at the department’s Strife Blog. He received his BA and MA in Oriental Languages and Cultures at Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium. A recipient of the Leverhulme Trust Scholarship in August 2018, his research focuses on how China’s rise and the development of an alternative modernity has moved from aspiration to actuality.

Primary Supervisor: Dr Nicola Leveringhaus