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Dr. Elizabeth Wishnick

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ELIZABETH WISHNICK is a professor of political science at Montclair State University and a Senior Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University. Her latest book project, China’s Risk: Oil, Water, Food and Regional Security (forthcoming from Columbia University Press), addresses the security and foreign policy consequences for the Asia-Pacific region of oil, water, and food risks in China. Dr. Wishnick also is currently writing several articles about contemporary Sino-Russian relations. She is the author of Mending Fences: The Evolution of Moscow’s China Policy from Brezhnev to Yeltsin (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2001 and 2015). Dr. Wishnick was a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Spring 2012, and a fellow at Columbia’s Center for International Conflict Resolution from 2011-2013. She was previously a Fulbright scholar in Hong Kong (2002-2003), and a visiting scholar at the Academia Sinica in Taiwan, the Hoover Institution, and the Davis Center at Harvard University. She received a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University, an M.A. in Russian and East European studies from Yale University, and a B.A. from Barnard College.

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SSI books and monographs by Dr. Elizabeth Wishnick

  • China's Interests and Goals in the Arctic: Implications for the United States

    March 07, 2017

    Authored by Dr. Elizabeth Wishnick.
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    As China becomes a global power, it is turning its attention to the Arctic. This Letort Paper examines the geopolitical implications of China’s growing involvement in the Arctic for U.S. interests.

  • Russia, China, and the United States in Central Asia: Prospects for Great Power Competition and Cooperation in the Shadow of the Georgian Crisis

    February 27, 2009

    Authored by Dr. Elizabeth Wishnick.
    An overview of changing U.S. Central Asia policy over the past 5 years reveals an effort to respond to changing developments on the ground, most recently the Georgian crisis, but also the “color” revolutions, the Andijan events in Uzbekistan and its subsequent decision to end U.S. basing rights at Karshi Khanabad, Kazakhstan’s economic rise, and leadership change in Turkmenistan. At the same time, the worsening security situation in Afghanistan and growing insecurity about energy supplies has heightened U.S. interest in security and economic cooperation in Central Asia.

  • Strategic Consequences of the Iraq War: U.S. Security Interests in Central Asia Reassessed

    May 01, 2004

    Authored by Dr. Elizabeth Wishnick.
    The U.S.-led war in Iraq complicates security cooperation between the United States and Central Asia at a time when other regional powers—especially Russia, China, and India—are competing for influence in the region more overtly. The author argues that the United States should do more to address the underlying human security problems in Central Asia, which increase its vulnerability to terrorist movements.

  • Growing U.S. Security Interests in Central Asia

    October 01, 2002

    Authored by Dr. Elizabeth Wishnick.
    The author notes that strengthening the Central Asian states against terrorism and assisting their transition to stable and prosperous nations are difficult and fraught with danger. If not astutely managed, this strategy could have the opposite of the intended results and generate increased instability, spark anti-Americanism, and antagonize Russia and China. To avoid this, Dr. Wishnick advocates a multilateral strategy that integrates the military, political, and economic elements of national power and prods the Central Asian regimes toward reform.