I am thrilled to announce that I have moved to Cornell University to join the government department as an associate professor. Together with Andy Mertha, Allen Carlson, and Jeremy Wallace (formerly of Ohio State University), I look forward to building the China and Asia-Pacific Studies (CAPS) program at Cornell.
I spoke to MSNBC, Foreign Policy, and Bloomberg this week about the Hong Kong protests. On Monday, Bonnie Glaser and David Lampton hosted a book launch for Powerful Patriots at CSIS. The video of the program and discussion is available here.
With thanks to the Washington Post's Monkey Cage for the invitation to write about what's happening in Hong Kong.
In this podcast from the National Committee on US-China Relations, I spoke about Powerful Patriots with Senior Director Margot Landman.
I published a short essay in Foreign Policy titled "The Flame of Chinese Nationalism," adapted from Powerful Patriots.
I sat down last week to talk with the Asia Society's ChinaFile project about Powerful Patriots in this short (6 min) interview.
My new article in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, joint with my colleague Alexandre Debs, has just been published via OnlineFirst. We argue that when governments cannot hide behind unknown circumstances, voters can better discern the government’s type from its actions, strengthening the incentives to appear resolved. The model bridges the gap between audience costs and its critiques, showing how domestic audiences punish leaders for inappropriate policies rather than empty threats. At the same time, it highlights how the prospects for peace are worse if uncertainty about the circumstances is removed, suggesting that greater transparency does not always promote peaceful outcomes. Four crises from the ICB data set illustrate that greater transparency is a double-edged sword, improving the government’s ability to obtain concessions while increasing incentives to act tough.