Avery Goldstein

Avery Goldstein

David M. Knott Professor of Global Politics and International Relations

215-898-7647

Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, Room 423

Avery Goldstein is the David M. Knott Professor of Global Politics and International Relations in the Political Science Department, Inaugural Director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China, and Associate Director of the Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on international relations, security studies, and Chinese politics. He is the author of Rising to the Challenge: China’s Grand Strategy and International Security (Stanford University Press, 2005), Deterrence and Security in the 21st Century: China, Britain, France and the Enduring Legacy of the Nuclear Revolution (Stanford University Press, 2000), and From Bandwagon to Balance of Power Politics: Structural Constraints and Politics in China, 1949-1978 (Stanford University Press, 1991). Among his other publications are articles in the journals International Security, International Organization, Journal of Strategic Studies, Security Studies, China Quarterly, Asian Survey, Comparative Politics, Orbis, and Polity as well as chapters in a variety of edited volumes. Goldstein is also a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia.

Office Hours
Tuesdays 1:30-2:30 PM and by appointment
Research Interests
  • International Relations Theory
  • Strategic/Security Studies
  • Chinese Politics
Courses Taught
  • International Security
  • Strategic Studies (Graduate Seminar)
  • Contemporary Chinese Politics
  • International Relations Theory (Graduate Seminar)
Selected Publications

Selected Books and Chapters

“The End of the Beginning: China and the Consolidation of the Nuclear Revolution,” in Michael D. Gordin and G. John Ikenberry, eds., The Age of Hiroshima, (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2020), pp. 221-242.

“China’s Economic Reform and Opening at 40: Past Accomplishments and Emerging Challenges,” (with Jacques deLisle) in Jacques deLisle and Avery Goldstein, eds. To Get Rich is Glorious: Challenges Facing China’s Economic Reform and Opening at Forty, (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2019), pp. 1-26.

“A Rising China’s Growing Presence: The Challenges of Global Engagement” in Jacques deLisle and Avery Goldstein, eds., China’s Global Engagement: Cooperation, Competition, and Influence in the 21st Century (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2017), pp. 1-33.

“The Political Economy of Regional Security in East Asia,” (with Edward D. Mansfield), in Avery Goldstein and Edward D. Mansfield, eds., The Nexus of Economics, Security, and International Relations in East Asia (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2012), pp. 1-38.

Rising to the Challenge: China’s Grand Strategy and International Security. (Stanford University Press, 2005). Buy this book from the publisher.

Deterrence and Security in the 21st Century : China, Britain, France, and the Enduring Legacy of the Nuclear Revolution. (Stanford University Press, 2000). Buy this book from the publisher.

From Bandwagon to Balance-of-Power Politics: Structural Constraints and Politics in China, 1949-1978. (Stanford University Press, 1991). Buy this book from the publisher.

"Parsing China's Rise: International Circumstances and National Attributes," in Robert S. Ross and Zhu Feng, eds., China's Ascent: Power, Security, and The Future of International Politics (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2008). Buy this book from the publisher.

"Across the Yalu: China's Interests and the Korean Peninsula in a Changing World," in Alastair Iain Johnston and Robert S, Ross, eds., New Directions in the Study of China's Foreign Policy (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006), pp. 131-161. Buy this book from the publisher.

Selected Journal Articles

“China's Real and Present Danger: Now Is the Time for Washington to Worry,” Foreign Affairs, vol. 92, no. 5 (September/October 2013), pp. 136-44.

“First Things First: The Pressing Danger of Crisis Instability in U.S.-China Relations,” International Security, vol. 37, no. 4 (Spring 2013), pp. 49-89.

“When Fighting Ends: Peace & Prosperity in East Asia,” with Edward D. Mansfield, Cover Story, Global Asia Vol. 6, No. 2 (Summer 2011), pp. 9-15. http://www.globalasia.org/V6N2_Summer_2011/Avery_Goldstein&Edward_D_Mansfield.html

"Power Transitions, Institutions, and China's Rise in East Asia: Theoretical Expectations and Evidence." The Journal of Strategic Studies Vol. 30, No. 4-5 (August-October 2007), pp. 639-682.

"Great Expectations: Interpreting China's Arrival." International Security 22: 3 (Winter 1997/98), pp. 36-73. Reprinted as the lead chapter in Michael E. Brown, Owen R. Cote, Jr., Sean M. Lynn-Jones, and Steven E. Miller, The Rise of China (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2000), pp. 3-40.

"Discounting the Free Ride: Alliances and Security in the Postwar World." International Organization 49: 1 (Winter 1995), pp. 39-71.

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