Michael S. Chase ('02, PhD '08)
Michael S. Chase is an adjunct professor in the China Studies and Strategic Studies Departments at SAIS and a senior political scientist at RAND.
Professor Chase is a specialist in China and Asia-Pacific security issues. He was previously an associate professor at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, Rhode Island, where he served as director of the strategic deterrence group in the Warfare Analysis and Research Department and taught in the Strategy and Policy Department. Prior to joining the faculty at NWC, he was a research analyst at Defense Group Inc. and an associate international policy analyst at RAND. He is the author of the book Taiwan's Security Policy and numerous chapters and articles on China and Asia-Pacific security issues. His work has appeared in journals such as Asia Policy, Asian Security, China Brief, Survival, and the Journal of Strategic Studies.
His current research focuses on Chinese military modernization, China's approach to strategic deterrence and China's strategic weapons programs, China's nuclear policy and strategy and nuclear force modernization, Taiwan's defense policy, and Asia-Pacific security issues. Professor Chase holds a Ph.D. in international affairs, an M.A. in China Studies from SAIS, and a B.A. in politics from Brandeis University. In addition, he studied Chinese at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in Nanjing, China.