Brian C. Chao

Brian C. Chao

Ph.D. Student in International Relations

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Brian C. Chao is a PhD candidate focusing on international security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. In particular, he studies naval power and geostrategy; great-power relations and the rise of China; and US defense and foreign policies. Brian's dissertation, "Winning Silver: Continental Great Powers and Naval Development," investigates why some continental great powers have been more successful than others at building strong navies.

Brian holds an AM in Political Science and a certificate in college and university teaching from the University of Pennsylvania, an AB in Government from Dartmouth College, and certificates in Mandarin Chinese from Peking, Tsinghua, and the National Taiwan Universities.