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  • Publish Date:2022/08/01
    Modify Date:2024/02/16
James Lee
  • Position:Assistant Research Fellow
  • TEL:886-2-37897228
  • Email:jamesytlee@gate.sinica.edu.tw; JL18@alumni.princeton.edu
  • Assistant’s Name:Yi-Rong Hung
  • Assistant’s Email:aliceyrh@gate.sinica.edu.tw
James Lee



  • Princeton University, Ph.D., Department of Politics, June 2018
  • Princeton University, M.A., Department of Politics, Nov. 2014


  • Assistant Research Fellow (equivalent to Assistant Professor), Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica (Taiwan), Aug. 2022 – present
  • Eisenhower Defense Fellow, NATO Defense College, September 2023 – November 2023
  • Affiliated Researcher, UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, Aug. 2019 – present
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of California, San Diego, Aug. 2019 – July 2022
  • Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow, European University Institute, Sep. 2018 – Aug. 2019


  • U.S. Grand Strategy (Europe and East Asia)
  • U.S.-Taiwan Relations
  • Geoeconomics and Economic Statecraft
  • Great Power Competition
  • Thucydides


  • Collaborator, Network for Strategic Analysis (Canada) (May 2023 – present)
  • Taiwan Security Research (Senior Editor: Jan. 2017 – Oct. 2020; Assistant Editor: May 2016 – Dec. 2016)
  • Reviewer for The Pacific Review, The Chinese Journal of International Politics, International History Review, East Asia Forum, Asia Pacific Viewpoint, Business and Politics, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) Journal, Journal of East Asian Studies, Canadian Journal of History, and the Japanese Journal of Political Science.


  • Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellowship, European University Institute (Sep. 2018 – Aug. 2019)
  • Graduate Fellow, PIIRS, Princeton University (Sep. 2017 – June 2018)
  • Fellow, Center for International Security Studies, Princeton University (July 2017 – May 2018)
  • Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation Fellowship (2015 – 2017)
  • Language study fellowship, East Asian Studies Program, Princeton University (June – Aug. 2012, June – Aug. 2013, June – Aug. 2015)
  • Language study fellowship, PIIRS, Princeton University (June – Aug. 2015)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of California, San Diego (2012)


Peer-Reviewed Publications:

  1. James Lee. “Taiwan and the ‘New Cold War.’” (Forthcoming in EurAmerica

  2. James Lee. "Defining Geoeconomics, Economic Statecraft, and the Political Economy of National Security." (Forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook of Geoeconomics and Economic Statecraft)

  3. James Lee (first and corresponding author) and Richard Maher. 2022. "U.S. Economic Statecraft and Great Power Competition." Business and Politicshttps://doi.org/10.1017/bap.2022.19
  4. James Lee. “Foreign Aid, Development, and U.S. Strategic Interests in the Cold War.” International Studies Quarterly, 66, no. 1 (2022): sqab090. https://doi.org/10.1093/isq/sqab090

  5. James Lee. “US Grand Strategy and the Origins of the Developmental State.” Journal of Strategic Studies, 43, no. 5 (2020): 737-761. https://doi.org/10.1080/01402390.2019.1579713 

  6. James Lee. “American Diplomacy and Export-Oriented Industrialization on Taiwan.” Journal of East Asian Studies, 20. no. 3 (2020): 463-483. https://doi.org/10.1017/jea.2020.9

  7. James Lee. “Did Thucydides Believe in Thucydides’ Trap? The History of the Peloponnesian War and Its Relevance to U.S.-China Relations.” Journal of Chinese Political Science, 24, no.1 (2019): 67-86. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11366-019-09607-0

Policy Publications (Selected):

  1. James Lee, Ja Ian Chong, Hsin-Hsin Pan, Chien-Huei Wu, and Wen-Chin Wu. 25 October 2023. “Les risques liés à l’ambiguïté : l’opinion publique taïwanaise, la crédibilité des États-Unis et l’efficacité de la dissuasion [The Risks of Ambiguity : Taiwanese Public Opinion, US Credibility, and Effective Deterrence]” Le Rubicon. https://lerubicon.org/lopinion-publique-taiwanaise-la-credibilite-des-etatsunis-et-lefficacite-de-la-dissuasion/  

  2. James Lee. 7 November 2022. "The One-China Policy in Transition." Georgetown Journal of International Affairs

  3. James Lee. "What the Taiwan Relations Act Really Means for U.S. Policy." Global Asia 17, no. 3 (2022).
  4. James Lee. 2021. “The One-China Policy: Adapting to Tensions in the Taiwan Strait.” UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperationhttps://igcc.ucsd.edu/_files/news/james-lee_one-china-policy.pdf. 

  5. James Lee. 2021. “Supply chains critical to Taiwan’s security.” East Asia Forumhttps://www.eastasiaforum.org/2021/03/10/geoeconomics-and-the-security-of-taiwan/

  6. James Lee. 2019. “The Taiwan Question in US-China Relations and Its Implications for the European Union.” Cadmus Research Repository, European University Institutehttps://cadmus.eui.eu/handle/1814/62566.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

  1. James Lee (first author) and Cheng-Yi Lin, “U.S.-Taiwan Relations in an Era of Great Power Competition” (under contract for the Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Taiwan, Second Edition, ed. Gunter Schubert) 

Book Manuscript (In Progress): 

  1. The Wages of Containment: State-Building, American Grand Strategy, and the Cold War in Europe and East Asia

Working Papers: 

  1. “The Origins of U.S. Alliances in Europe and East Asia” 

  2. “The International Governance of A.I. Chips” (with Robert Trager and Christian Chung; Oxford Martin AI Governance Initiative working paper) 

  3. “The Geoeconomic and Geostrategic Dynamics of Great Power Competition in the Taiwan Strait”

  4. “Thucydides on A2/AD”

  5. “Geoeconomics and Classical Strategic Thought” (with Thomas Mahnken and Andrew Reddie)

  6. “Taiwan and U.S. Grand Strategy” (with Patrick Hulme)

Invited Talks:

  1. “Evaluating Taiwan’s Quest for International Space,” Atlantic Council (Dec. 2022) 

  2. “Taiwan: Is It Key to the Continuing World Order?” The Democracy Forum (July 2022)

  3. “Taiwan and the ‘New Cold War,’” University of Quebec in Montreal (June 2022)

  4. “Is Taiwan the Next Ukraine?” Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, UCSD Extension (May 2022)

  5. “50 Years after the Nixon-Mao Summit,” East Asia National Resource Center, George Washington University (Apr. 2022)

  6. “New Paths for US-Taiwan Ties: A Conversation with NextGen Scholars,” East Asia National Resource Center, George Washington University (Nov. 2021)

  7. “The Semiconductor Industry and the Security of Taiwan,” Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley (April 2021)

  8. “U.S.-China Rivalry and the Origins of Taiwan’s Developmental State,” Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University (Oct. 2017)