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Michael Glosny

Assistant Professor


Research Interests
Chinese foreign and security policy; Rising powers and international order; Grand Strategies of great powers; U.S. alliances in East Asia; U.S. naval strategy; Social implications of China’s rapid economic development


Michael Glosny joined the Department of National Security Affairs in July 2010. He is an assistant professor in the NS department, as well as an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at the National Defense University in Washington D.C.  He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a member of MIT’s Security Studies Program. Before coming to NPS, he spent two years as the China Security Affairs fellow at INSS at the National Defense University. He has also been an international security program fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and Technology and a fellow at Harvard’s John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies. Before attending MIT, he received an A.B. with distinction in government, history, and Asian studies from Cornell University.

His research interests include international relations and international security, with a focus on Chinese foreign and security policy and U.S. alliances in East Asia. He is currently working on a book manuscript that analyzes the effect of the rising power’s grand strategy on the severity of the balancing response by the other major powers. The manuscript examines China’s post-Cold War relations with the United States and the major powers of East Asia (Russia, India, and Japan) and Germany’s relations with the great powers of Europe between 1870 and World War I. His publications on various aspects of China’s foreign and security policy have appeared in International Security, Asian Security, Polity, Strategic Forum, Strategic Asia, 2003-4, the China Policy Series from the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, as well as edited volumes.

He is also currently co-directing a project with Satu Limaye (East-West Center) on “Asian and American Views on the Changing Balance of Power.” In this project, experts on six Asian countries (China, India, Russia, South Korea, Japan, and Australia) will write papers examining the evolving debates within these countries on changes in the balance of power, what potential multipolar worlds may look like, and what implications these changes have for the foreign policies of each country. The analysis of how these countries view the changing balance of power has important implications for America’s Asia policy, such as the need to strengthen the credibility of its commitments to partners and allies (in economics, conventional military, and nuclear realm) and how it can shape the interests and behavior of potential competitors.

He has spent over three years in China and Taiwan for language study and research, and is fluent in Mandarin. He has served as a visiting fellow at Peking Univeristy’s School of International Studies and Tsinghua University's Institute for International Studies, and he has taken master's level classes in Chinese foreign policy and diplomacy at Tsinghua University, Peking University, and Renmin University.

At NPS, he will be teaching courses on international relations, Chinese foreign policy, and the political economy of China.

Current Publications

  • “US-China Strategic Dialogue, Phase VI,” PASCC Report 2012-001, November 2011 (Eben Lindsey, Michael Glosny, and Christopher Twomey).
  • “Deeper Cross-Strait Rapprochement and PLA Modernization: Implications for China’s Relations with Asia and the United States,” Roger Cliff, Phillip C. Saunders, and Scott W. Harold, eds., Cross-Strait Relations: New Opportunities and Challenges for Taiwan’s Security CF-279-OSD (Santa Monica, Calif.: RAND, 2011), pp. 109-125.
  • "Getting Beyond Taiwan? Chinese Foreign Policy and PLA Modernization,” Strategic Forum, No. 261 (January 2011).
  • “US-China Strategic Dialogue Phase V: “Connecting Long Term Goals To Contemporary Policy,” Strategic Insights, Vol. 9, No. 2 (Fall 2010), pp. 79-102 (Michael Glosny and Christopher P. Twomey).
  • “US-China Strategic Dialogue, Phase V, 2010,” Naval Postgraduate School, Technical Report, NPS-NS-10-002, October 22, 2010 (Michael Glosny and Christopher Twomey).
  • (With Phillip C. Saunders), “Correspondence: Debating China’s Naval Nationalism” (with Robert S. Ross), International Security, Vol. 35, No. 2 (Fall 2010), pp. 161-175.
  • “China and the BRICs: A Real (but Limited) Partnership in a Unipolar World,” Polity, Vol. 42, No. 1 (January 2010), pp. 100-129.
  • “Stabilizing the Backyard: Recent Developments in China's Policy towards Southeast Asia,” in Eric Heginbotham, Derek Mitchell, and Joshua Eisenman, eds., China and the Developing World: Beijing's Strategy for the 21st Century (Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 2007), pp. 150-188.
  • “Heading toward a Win-Win Future?: Recent Developments in China's Policy towards Southeast Asia,” Asian Security, Vol. 2, No. 1 (2006), pp. 24-57.
  • “China’s Foreign Aid Policy: Lifting States out of Poverty or Leaving them to the Dictators,” Freeman Report (December 2006).
  • “Meeting the Development Challenge in the 21st Century: American and Chinese Perspectives on Foreign Aid,” National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, China Policy Series, Number Twenty-Two (Fall 2006).
  • “Strangulation from the Sea: A PRC Submarine Blockade of Taiwan,” International Security, Vol. 28, No. 4 (Spring 2004), pp.125-160.
  • (With Thomas J. Christensen), “Sources of Stability in US-China Security Relations,” in Richard J. Ellings and Aaron L. Friedberg, eds., Strategic Asia, 2003-4 (Seattle: National Bureau of Asian Research, 2003), pp. 53-79.
  • “Mines Against Taiwan: A Military Analysis of a PRC Blockade,” Breakthroughs, Vol. 12, No.1 (Spring 2003), pp. 31-40.

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