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Professor Yong Deng

Dr. Yong Deng is Professor in the Department of Political Science at the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 1995 (dissertation committee chair, Prof. Allen S. Whiting), he taught at Benedictine University in Illinois before moving to the United States Naval Academy in 1999 where has since been an assistant, associate, and full professor. He was recently Visiting Professor at the Department of Politics and Public Administration, the University of Hong Kong (2019); Senior Visiting Fellow at Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2017); and Visiting Fellow at the Nobel Institute, Oslo, Norway (2012).

He twice received Honorable Mention of Class of 1951 Civilian Faculty Research Excellence Award from the U.S. Naval Academy, respectively in 2008 and 2011. Dr. Deng has published five books, Promoting Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation: Perspectives from East Asia(1997), In the Eyes of the Dragon: China Views the World (co-editor, 1999), China Rising: Power and Motivation in Chinese Foreign Policy (co-editor, 2005),  China's Struggle for Status: The Realignment of International Relations (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and China’s Strategic Opportunity: Change and Revisionism in Chinese Foreign Policy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022). Some of his other scholarly works have appeared in academic journals, such as Political Science Quarterly, China Quarterly, Pacific Affairs, Journal of Contemporary China, Washington Quarterly, and Journal of Strategic Studies, as well as edited volumes published by Routledge, Rowman & Littlefield, Palgrave MacMillan, Stanford University Press, and MIT Press.




China’s Strategic Opportunity: Change and Revisionism in Chinese Foreign Policy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022).

China’s Struggle for Status: The Realignment of International Relations (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008)

China Rising: Power and Motivation in Chinese Foreign Policy? (Co-edited with Fei-ling Wang) (Boulder, CO: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005)

In the Eyes of the Dragon: China Views the World (Co-edited with Fei-ling Wang) (Boulder, CO: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 1999)

Promoting Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation: Perspectives from East Asia (New York: St. Martin, 1997)

Special Journal Issues

Editor (with Sherry Gray), Debating China’s International Future (I, II), Journal of Contemporary China, Vol. 10, (February 2001), pp. 5-88 and (May 2001), pp. 275-337.

   Selected Articles

“How China Builds the Credibility of the Belt and Road Initiative,” Journal of Contemporary China 30, Issue 131 (February 2021), 734-750.

"EU’s Struggle to Define Its Role in Asian Security: Between Transatlantic Coordination and Strategic Autonomy," Asia Policy, Vol. 15, No. 1 (January 2020), pp. 105-26.

“How China’s Belt and Road is Reordering Asia,” Harvard International Review, Vol. 39, No. 4 (Fall 2018), pp. 30-35.

“Multilateral Institutional Development in Asia: An Alternative Path to Regional Order?” in Routledge Handbook of Politics in Asia (London: Routledge, 2018), pp. 359-372.

“Can China Save the Global Order?” Project Syndicate, March 20, 2017. Published and reprinted by other media globally in five languages (

“China: The Post-Responsible Power,” The Washington Quarterly, Vol. 37, No. 4 (Winter 2015), pp. 117-132. (Lead article of the special section on China)

“Unwelcome Return: China Reacts to the U.S. Strategic Pivot to Asia,” in Peter Chow, ed., America’s Strategic Pivot to Asia (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), pp. 79-96.

“Too Big to Fit: China's Regionalisms and the Limits of Institutional Building in East Asia,” China and East Asian Strategic Dynamics: The Shaping of a New Regional Order (Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, 2011), chap. 9.

“The Power and Politics of Recognition: Status in China’s Foreign Relations,” in Thomas J. Volgy et al., eds., Major Powers and the Quest for Status in International Politics (“Evolutionary Processes in World Politics” Series) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), chap. 4.

“The Elusive Progress: Sino-American Military Relations,” in Yufan Hao, ed., Sino-American Relations: Challenges Ahead (Ashgate, 2010), chap. 6.

“The New Hard Realities: ‘Soft Power’ and China in Transition,” Mingjiang Li, ed., Soft Power: China’s Emerging Strategy in International Politics (Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, 2009), chap. 4.

“Remolding Great Power Politics: China’s Strategic Partnerships with Russia, EU, and India,” Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 30 (August 2007), pp. 863-903. Revised version reprinted in Guoli Liu and Quansheng Zhao, eds., The China Challenge: Global Perspectives (Asian Studies Series) (London: Routledge, 2008).

“Reputation and the Security Dilemma: China Reacts to ‘the China Threat Theory’,” in Alastair Iain Johnston and Robert Ross, eds., New Approaches to the Study of Chinese Foreign Policy (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2006), chap. 7.

“Diplomatic Consequences,” in Steve Tsang, ed., If China Attacks Taiwan: Military Strategy, Politics and Economics (London: Routledge, 2006), pp. 179-192.

 “China Views Globalization: Towards a New Great Power Politics?” The Washington Quarterly (with Thomas G. Moore), Vol. 27, No. 3 (Summer 2004), pp. 117-136. Reprinted in Helen Purkitt, ed., Annual Editions: World Politics 2005/2010, 26-30th Edition (McGraw-Hill/Dushkin, 2005-2010); reprinted in Alexander Lennon Amanda Kozlowski, eds., Global Powers in the 21st Century: Strategies and Relations (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2008).

“Hegemon on the Offensive: Chinese Perspectives on U.S. Global Strategy,” Political Science Quarterly Vol. 116, No. 3 (Fall 2001), pp. 343-365. (Lead article) Reprinted in Michael Cox, ed., Twentieth Century International Relations (Sage, 2007).

(with Sherry Gray), “Introduction-- Growing Pains: China Debates Its International Future,” Journal of Contemporary China Vol. 10, (February 2001), pp. 5-16.

“Escaping the Periphery: China’s National Identity in World Politics,” in Richard Hu, Gerald Chan, Daojiong Zha, eds., China’s International Relations in the 21st Century: Dynamics of Paradigm Shifts (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2000), pp. 41-70.

“The Chinese Conception of National Interests in International Relations,” China Quarterly, No. 154 (June 1998), pp. 308-329. Revised version appears as chapter 3, “Conception of National Interests: Realpolitik, Liberal Dilemma, and the Possibility of Change,” in Deng and Wang (eds.), In the Eyes of the Dragon.

“Managing China’s Hegemonic Ascension: Engagement from Southeast Asia,” Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 21, No. 1 (March 1998), pp. 21-43.

“Headless Dragons: The Problem of Leadership in APEC,” Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Vol. 22, No. 1 (Winter/Spring 1998), pp. 65-80.

"‘The Tree Prefers Calms, but the Wind does not Stop’: China’s Search for National Security,” in Joseph Cheng (ed.), China Review 1998 (Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 1998), pp. 61-82.

“Chinese Relations with Japan: Implications for Asia-Pacific Regionalism,” Pacific Affairs, Vol. 70, No. 3 (Fall 1997), pp. 51-70.

“Japan in APEC: The Problematic Leadership Role,” Asian Survey, Vol. 37 (April 1997), pp. 353-367.

-Academic Interests: International Relations, Chinese Foreign Policy, International Political Economy and Security in Asia, the Belt and Road Initiative, Status and Power in World Politics

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