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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.

His research interests are in great power rivalry and U.S. grand strategy in Europe and East Asia. He is currently working on a book that traces the origins of the “capitalist developmental state” to the United States’ attempt to apply the principles of the Marshall Plan and modernization theory to East Asia.

During his time at IGCC, he plans to write a chapter that will situate the United States’ support for planned capitalism in the context of the United States’ strategy for containing the People’s Republic of China. The book will examine the debates about the United States’ China policy from the Truman administration to the Johnson administration, and it will conclude by applying its historical findings toward the United States’ contemporary grand strategy in Europe and East Asia.

Lee specializes in the study of the Taiwan Question in U.S.-China relations. In addition to his research on the geopolitical origins of the developmental state, which has been published as an article in the Journal of Strategic Studies, he has published an article in the Journal of Chinese Political Science that evaluates the concept of “Thucydides’ Trap” and its application to the Taiwan Question. Lee also serves as the senior editor of Taiwan Security Research, an academic website that aggregates news, commentary, and analysis on developments affecting Taiwan’s security and the international relations of East Asia.

Download his CV here. 

  • 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