Zack Cooper is a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he studies US strategy in Asia, including alliance dynamics and US-China competition. He also co-directs the Alliance for Securing Democracy and teaches at Georgetown University and Princeton University. He previously served on staff at the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the National Security Council. Dr. Cooper is currently writing a book that explains how to predict the future path of US-China military competition by examining how militaries change during power shifts. He received a BA in public policy from Stanford University and graduated from Princeton University with an MPA in international relations and an MA and PhD in security studies.