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James Lee

James Lee is a postdoctoral research associate for the project on great power competition at IGCC. He received his Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University in 2018, and he was a fellow in the Max Weber Program for Postdoctoral Studies at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy in 2018-2019. 

His research interests are in grand strategy and great power politics. Drawing on classical and diplomatic history, his work addresses questions at the intersection of international political economy and international security. He studies three eras (the Peloponnesian War, the Cold War, and the present day) and has a particular interest in the Taiwan Question in U.S.-China relations. His work has been published in the Journal of East Asian Studies, the Journal of Strategic Studies, and the Journal of Chinese Political Science.

Lee is currently working on a book on how the international politics of the Cold War affected the United States’ strategy toward state-building in Europe and East Asia after the Second World War. In the book, he highlights the historical connections between the Marshall Plan and the East Asian developmental state, showing that the United State supported economic planning and industrial policy among its allies to respond to the challenges of great power competition. At IGCC, Lee is working on a project on 5G and U.S. national security policy and a project on the geo-economics of great power competition in the Taiwan Strait.


  • U.S. grand strategy
  • U.S.-Taiwan relations
  • Europe and East Asia
  • Developmental state
  • Political economy of national security
  • Great power politics
  • Cold War
  • Thucydides and the Peloponnesian War
Great Power Competition