75 years of service to our nation


Roger Cliff, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist


Roger Cliff is an expert in East Asian security affairs. His recent research topics include Chinese military modernization, China's aerospace industry, China's foreign policy, and US strategy towards Asia. He is the sole or lead author of seven books and monographs including "China's Military Power: Assessing Current and Future Capabilities" (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Prior to joining CNA, Cliff was a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and the Project 2049 Institute and a Senior Political Scientist at RAND Corporation. He holds a Ph.D. in international relations from Princeton University, an M.A. in Chinese studies from the University of California, San Diego, and a B.S. in physics from Harvey Mudd College. He is fluent in spoken and written Mandarin Chinese and has spent a total of four years living in China and Taiwan.


July 18, 2017

The National Interest publishes “North Korea’s Nukes Will Only Go If Kim Gets to Stay” by CNA analyst Roger Cliff, Ph.D.

July 13, 2017

Shephard Media quotes CNA analyst Roger Cliff, Ph.D. in “Analysis: PLA Navy Edges Towards Owning Asia-Pacific”