Logan Pauley

Former Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow

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Logan Pauley is a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow with the East Asia program at Stimson. His research focuses on U.S.-China relations particularly in regard to Syria, conflict, global governance, international organizations, and responsibility. His writing and commentary has been published by the United States Institute of PeaceSyria DirectThe HillSouth China Morning PostWorld Politics ReviewNikkei Asian ReviewAsia TimesXinhuaThe National InterestThe Diplomat, and more. He holds a M.A. with distinction from the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies where he wrote a graduate thesis in Mandarin Chinese and a B.A. Phi Beta Kappa from Centre College. He is a CSIS Pacific Forum Young Leader and he was recently named one of Yale China Hands Magazine’s “5 Under 25: Leaders in U.S.-China Relations”.

Research & Writing

Commentary
Why an end to the war in Syria gives China an opportunity to extend its influence

With reports claiming that Bashar al-Assad’s regime has recaptured more than 90 per cent of Syria and the announcement of a joint Russia-Turkey demilitarisation zone in Idlib – ostensibly neutralising the conflict’s final frontier – it appears as thoug…

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Logan Pauley Quoted on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

‘State within a state’: Decoding China’s Gwadar plans Read more here.

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Gwadar: Emerging Port City or Chinese Colony?

Recent developments concerning Pakistani involvement in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) highlight the growing unease many Pakistanis have with the project’s potential effects on their economy. The newly elected prime minister, Imran Khan, h…

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China stakes out a role for itself in post-war Syria

In recent weeks China has offered indications of a future role in Syria, comprising not only infrastructure investment and trade as the conflict appears to wind down, but also a novel desire to increase cooperation on the counter-terrorism front. On Au…

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The Problem with Problematizing Confucius Institues

On the heels of recent resumption of vehemently negative press surrounding Confucius Institutes (CIs), non-profit educational programs affiliated with the People’s Republic of China, President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act earlier…

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Logan Pauley Quoted on US-China Trade War’s Influence on Taiwan

Taiwan risks getting trumped in trade war  Read more here.

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Logan Pauley Quoted on US-China Trade War’s Influence on Vietnam

Can Vietnam Avoid Getting Hurt in the Crossfire When the Tariffs Are Flying? Read more here.

Commentary
Is China Increasing Its Military Presence in Syria?

On August 1, Al-Watan, a pro-Assad regime newspaper, ran a story that described a dialogue held with Chinese Ambassador to Syria Qi Qianjin and China’s military attaché, Wong Roy Chang. According to the story, Qi expressed that Chinese military fo…

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‘China has a lot to gain by supporting Assad in a post-war Syria’: A conversation with Stimson Center researcher Logan Pauley

For 60 years, successive Chinese governments have stood doggedly by an official policy of “nonintervention” in the internal affairs of other states. And yet an August 1 report in Syria’s pro-government Al-Watan newspaper claimed that China’s…

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U.S.-China Trade War: Impact on Taiwan

Editor note: This piece is based on remarks by Shih-Chung Liu, Vice Chair, Taiwan External Trade Development Council. To view the event page and video, click here. Following the July 10 announcement by the Trump administration that Washington plans to…

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Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy Meets the US Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy

On May 11, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched the “Indo-Pacific Affairs Section” as a component of its New Southbound Policy (NSP). This section aims to help Taiwan form meaningful relationships with countries in the Indo-Pacific t…

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Logan Pauley Op-Ed on China’s Role in Syrian Peace Talks

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China Is Using Syria’s Peace Process for Its Own Ends

China Taking Charge in Syrian Peace Talks On May 13-14, China held the “International Symposium on the Prospect of a Political Settlement of the Syrian Issue” in Shanghai, marking the first time that China has hosted an international forum regarding Sy…

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Consistent inconsistency crippling Trump’s China trade ambitions

When Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin warned that Washington was not “going easy” on China by halting the trade war despite the deal reached 11 days earlier, he was not joking. The White House reignited U.S.-China trade conflict on Tuesday by reaffirmi…

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Logan Pauley Op-Ed on the Pitfalls of Responsibility to Protect

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Commentary
How R2P impedes global governance

Despite the UN’s many member states that have attempted to redress R2P, the principle is still not included in the general assembly’s 2018 agenda and causes more controversy than benefit. On September 6, 2017, the United Nations (UN) hosted an Int…

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China Takes the Lead in UN Peacekeeping

Over the past few weeks, Chinese state media has been abuzz with its peacekeeping accomplishments in a number of international missions, from Mali to South Sudan to Darfur. Although these achievements were realized within offic…

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As the U.S. and Russia Spar Over Syria, China Sits Strategically on the Sidelines

The 105 cruise missiles that the United States, France and the United Kingdom fired at Syria late last week, in response to another suspected chemical weapons attack by President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, deepened the divide between Western powers and…

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Logan Pauley Op-Ed On the U.S-Russia-China Triangle

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Logan Pauley Op-Ed On Growing China Peacekeeping Role

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Logan Pauley Op-Ed On Growing China Peacekeeping Role

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Commentary
How China is using UNSCR 2401 in Syria

By Logan Pauley There were high hopes on Feb. 24 when the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2401 for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria. But after another month of persistent violence, it is clear that the ceasefire has failed, fri…

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