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Research interests • Chinese foreign and defense policy • Cross-Strait relations • East Asian security

Thesis project Xi Jinping’s Strategy Toward Taiwan: State Strength and the Status Quo

This project looks at traditional conceptions of state strength by examining the ways, means, and ends of Xi’s strategy on Taiwan. It asks why a ‘strong’ China has been unsuccessful in persuading a ‘weaker’ Taiwan to capitulate to its wishes for reunification. Built upon understandings of strategic theory, and supported with interviews from both sides of the Strait and the US policymaking communities, the project aims to offer both an understanding of how Xi’s strategy toward Taiwan has evolved and how it may continue to do so.

Supervisors Professor Michael Rainsborough Professor Alessio Patalano

Biography Lauren Dickey is a PhD student in the Department of War Studies at King’s College and the Political Science Department at the National University of Singapore. She was previously a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington, DC, where she worked on U.S. foreign and defense policy issues with an emphasis on East Asia and the role of economic tools in statecraft. In addition to publishing for CFR, her writing has also appeared in The Diplomat, War on the Rocks, The National Interest, and Defense One, among others. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon (BA, Asian Studies and Chinese) and SOAS (MA, International Studies and Diplomacy). She is a member of the Pacific Forum Young Leaders Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and a fluent Mandarin Chinese speaker.