James Lee is an Assistant Research Fellow at the Institute of European and American Studies at Academia Sinica in Taiwan. He is also an Affiliated Researcher of the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC). He received his PhD in Politics from Princeton University in 2018 and subsequently held postdoctoral positions at the European University Institute in Florence and the University of California, San Diego.
In the fall of 2023, he will be an Eisenhower Defense Fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome, where he will study the lessons of the Russian invasion of Ukraine for U.S.-Taiwan relations. Using an interdisciplinary approach that draws on political science and diplomatic history, he studies U.S. foreign policy and the security of Taiwan. His academic research has been published in Business and Politics, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Strategic Studies, the Journal of East Asian Studies, and the Journal of Chinese Political Science. His policy writing on U.S.-Taiwan relations has been published in the Network for Strategic Analysis, Global Asia, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and East Asia Forum. He has been interviewed by a variety of international media, including BBC World News, the Financial Times, Agence France-Presse, The Signal, the Straits Times, Voice of America, Al Jazeera, El Mercurio, and the Ploughshares Fund. His working languages are English, Mandarin, French, Italian, and German.
- U.S. strategy
- Taiwan's security
- Historical international relations
James Lee. “Foreign Aid, Development, and U.S. Strategic Interests in the Cold War.” International Studies Quarterly, 66, no. 1 (2022): sqab090.
James Lee. “US Grand Strategy and the Origins of the Developmental State.” Journal of Strategic Studies, 43, no. 5 (2020): 737-761.
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.
James Lee. “What the Taiwan Relations Act Really Means for U.S. Policy.” Global Asia 17, no. 3 (2022).
James Lee. 29 August 2022. “Taiwan and the ‘New Cold War.’” Policy Brief 23. Network for Strategic Analysis.