Brian Chao


Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs, Naval War College


Brian C. Chao is an assistant professor in the Naval War College's National Security Affairs Department and a research fellow with the United States Military Academy's Modern War Institute. He studies great-power politics and China's rise, naval power and geostrategy, and US Indo-Asia-Pacific defense and foreign policies. Brian's work appears in Navies in Multipolar Worlds: From the Age of Sail to the Present (Routledge, 2021), International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, and Territory, Politics, Governance; he has also written for the China Brief, The Diplomat, the East Asia Forum, The National Interest, and the US Naval Institute, among others. Brian holds an AM and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, an AB in Government from Dartmouth College, and certificates in Mandarin Chinese from Peking, Tsinghua, and the National Taiwan Universities.