Jeffrey Becker, Ph.D.
Research Program Director


Jeffrey Becker directs the Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Program. He is an expert in Chinese politics and Chinese foreign policy and security issues. Becker's recent work has focused on China's military as a global force, including China's military diplomacy, U.S.-China military engagement, and the security implications of China's expanding global presence.

Since 2014, Becker has supported the U.S. Navy with regard to China's participation in the multilateral "Rim of the Pacific" exercise (RIMPAC). As part of these efforts, Becker has worked along-side U.S. and Chinese exercise planners, and has spent time at sea aboard multiple Chinese navy ships in support of the exercise.

He has published work on Chinese politics and labor unrest in China, and his writings have appeared in the journals "Comparative Political Studies," the "Journal of Chinese Political Science," and the "Naval War College Review." His book publications and peer reviewed journal articles include 'From Peasants to Protesters: Social Ties, Resources, and Migrant Labor Contention in Contemporary China' (Lexington Books, 2014), "Who's at the Helm: Leadership in China's Navy" (U.S. Navy War College Review, 2016), and "The Knowledge to Act: Chinese Migrant Labor Protests in Comparative Perspective" (Comparative Political Studies, 2012).

Becker has a Ph.D. in political science from the George Washington University, an M.A. in political science from Columbia University, and a B.A. from Colgate University.


October 11, 2020

Jeffrey Becker says, "Over the past decade, we have seen China massively invest in infrastructure projects in Cambodia. At the same time, the two sides are strengthening military cooperation, including joint exercises, financial and technical assistance, and arms sales"

Thanh Nien: "The Risk of China Setting up Military Bases in Southeast Asia"

May 9, 2020

Jeffrey Becker says, "The PLA's overseas Covid-19 operations are part of larger efforts to create an image of China as a responsible global actor, shifting the narrative away from its initial mishandling of the crisis."

South China Morning Post: "Coronavirus Response: China's Military May Have Filled the Gap Left by the U.S. but It's Only Temporary, Experts Say

April 27, 2020

Jeffrey Becker writes, "As the "hub" in the Indo-Pacific, the United States is uniquely positioned to facilitate aid, including information sharing between those who have best practices to offer and regional neighbors in need."

Defense One: "Covid-19 Offers a Golden Opportunity to Reengage With the Indo-Pacific"

October 23, 2019

Jeffrey Becker testifies that Beijing has invested in and constructed 42 ports in 34 countries and regions through OBOR [One Belt, One Road] projects.

The Epoch Times: "China's Maritime 'One Belt, One Road' Initiative Under Scrutiny for Threats to U.S. Security"

June 27, 2018

Jeffrey Becker and Erica Downs write, “The fact that China is expanding its base in Djibouti is not particularly surprising. China has growing interests in East Africa and the Indian Ocean.”

East Asia Forum: “China’s Djibouti Military Base the First of Many”

December 27, 2017

Jeffrey Becker writes, "Operationally, China's navy will need to execute its primary responsibilities: carrying out China's 'far seas protection' operations."

The National Interest: "What Does China Want in Djibouti?"