Elizabeth Wishnick, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist


Elizabeth Wishnick is an expert in Chinese and Russian foreign policy, nontraditional security, and Arctic geopolitics.

Her recent research topics include China and the Arctic, Sino-Russian relations, resources (energy, water, food) in China's relations with neighboring states, and the role of digital power in Taiwan's strategy to combat COVID-19.

Wishnick is part-time on call at CNA and currently serves as a Professor of Political Science at Montclair State University and a Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University's Weatherhead East Asian Institute. She is also completing a Fulbright Global Award (2018–2021) for research in Shanghai, Vladivostok, and Almaty.

Wishnick's current book project, China's Risk: Energy, Water, Food, and Regional Security (Columbia University Press, forthcoming), addresses the security consequences of energy, water, and food risks in China for its Eurasian neighbors. She is also the author of Mending Fences: The Evolution of Moscow's China Policy from Brezhnev to Yeltsin (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2001, 2014) and a blog (chinasresourcerisks.com).

Wishnick received a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University, an M.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University, and a B.A. from Barnard College. She speaks Mandarin, Russian, and French with professional fluency.


July 22, 2020

Elizabeth Wishnick says, "Chinese experts recognize that Russia will never accept China as an equal partner in the Arctic, because if you had a partnership in the Arctic, the question would be who would be the number one partner."

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