Erik French

Political Science / Ph.D. Candidate

Erik French

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Curriculum Vitae


Comparative Politics, International Relations


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 (2016).

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 Quarterly (2013).

Hongying Wang and Erik French, “China’s Participation in Global Governance from a Comparative Perspective,” Asia Policy (2013).


Teaching Information

Instructor, Introduction to International Relations Summer 2013