Michael Beckley

Director - Asia Program

Research Areas:

China, Great Power Competition

Michael Beckley is the Director of the Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, an Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts University, and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

Previously, Michael was an International Security Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and worked for the U.S. Department of Defense, the RAND Corporation, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He continues to advise offices within the U.S. Intelligence Community and U.S. Department of Defense.

Michael is an expert on the balance of power between the United States and China. He is the author of two critically-acclaimed books and multiple award-winning articles. His first book, Unrivaled: Why America Will Remain the World’s Sole Superpower (2018), provides a clear-eyed assessment of the United States’ unique advantages that, if used wisely, will allow it to remain the world’s sole superpower throughout this century. In his second book, Danger Zone: The Coming Conflict with China (2022), Michael Beckley and co-author Hal Brands warn that the sharpest phase of the U.S.-China competition may be a decade-long sprint with the moment of maximum danger potentially being just a few years away.

 Michael earned a PhD in political science from Columbia University in 2012 and a B.A. in International Studies from Emory University in 2004.