Joseph E. Lin is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include military innovations, power transitions, and security challenges in the Asia-Pacific region. His dissertation examines the rationale guiding the military modernization programs of rising powers. Prior to starting his graduate studies, he was a senior consultant at Detica/Defense Forecast Inc. and also a research fellow in its internal think tank, the Strategy & Innovation Group. Additionally, he served as the editor of China Brief at The Jamestown Foundation where he also consulted for the U.S. European Command. He has published articles on competitive strategies, energy security, and the proliferation of dual-use space technologies. He has also been featured on BBC, CNN, This Week in Defense News (WUSA), Voice of America [Chinese Branch], and Radio Free Asia [Mandarin Service]. He holds a BA (honors) in International Studies and East Asian Studies from The Johns Hopkins University, a certificate in Advanced Chinese from the Beijing Language and Culture University, and an MA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a native speaker of English and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese (Hokkien).