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. He studies great-power politics and 21st-century China, 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); Security, Development and Sustainability in Asia: A World Scientific Reference on Major Policy and Development Issues of 21st Century Asia (World Scientific, 2023); 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.