Political Science / Ph.D. Candidate
Strategic studies, US foreign policy, deterrence theory, alliance strategy, global governance, Asian security
Erik French is a
PhD candidate studying US-Japan alliance strategy and its consequences for
Sino-US and Sino-Japanese relations. He is a junior fellow with the
International Policy Scholars Consortium, a Young Leader at Pacific Forum
CSIS, and a graduate assistant for Professor Jim Steinberg. He was
formerly a non-resident Sasakawa Peace Foundation fellow with Pacific Forum
CSIS, a supervisor and contributing analyst at Wikistrat Inc., and an
Adjunct Instructor at American University's School of International
Service. He received a BA from Colgate University in history and
political science in 2010 and an MA from Syracuse University in 2012. Erik has
published articles in Strategic Studies Quarterly, CSIS Issues & Insights,
Asia Policy, and Third World Quarterly. His op-eds have
appeared in the National Interest, the Diplomat, RealClearDefense, and East
Asia Forum. He has interned at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies,
InterPort Police, and AKE ltd.
Erik French, "Securing the maritime commons:
A coalition strategy for the US-Japan alliance," Issues & Insights
Erik French, “Black Market Jade and Myanmar’s Bid
to Rejoin the International Community,” Issues
& Insights (2016).
Erik French, “Motivated Reasoning in US-China
Deterrence and Reassurance,” Strategic
Studies Quarterly (2014)
Hongying Wang and Erik French, “China in Global
Economic Governance,” Asian Economic
Policy Review (2014).
Hongying Wang and Erik French, “Middle Range
Powers in Global Governance,” Third World
Hongying Wang and Erik French, “China’s
Participation in Global Governance from a Comparative Perspective,” Asia Policy (2013).
Instructor, Introduction to International Relations Summer 2013