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Ian EastonIan Easton is a research fellow at the Project 2049 Institute, where he conducts research on defense and security issues in Asia. During the summer of 2013 he was a visiting fellow at the Japan Institute for International Affairs (JIIA) in Tokyo. Previously, Ian worked as a China analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA) for two years. Prior to that, he lived in Taipei from 2005 to 2010. During his time in Taiwan, he worked as a translator for Island Technologies Inc. and the Foundation for Asia-Pacific Peace Studies. While in Taiwan, he also conducted research with the Asia Bureau Chief of Defense News.

Ian holds an M.A. in China Studies from National Chengchi University in Taiwan and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He also holds a certification in advanced Mandarin Chinese, having formally studied the language at Fudan University in Shanghai, and National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei. Ian’s research has been featured in major media outlets in the United States and Asia, including the New York Times, Reuters, US News and World Report, Huffington Post, NHK, CCTV, the Diplomat, and the Taipei Times. He has testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, and lectured at the U.S. Naval War College, Japan’s National Defense Academy, and Taiwan’s National Defense University.

Contact email: [email protected]


Easton, I. & Dee, W. 2017. Bolstering Taiwan's Last Line of Defense, Asia Eye, The Project 2049 Institute.

Easton, I. 2017. Trump must Boost Taiwan Arms Sales Now,The Diplomat.

Easton, I. 2017. How China Would Invade Taiwan (And How to Stop It), The National Interest.

Easton, I. & Stokes, M. Cooper, C. Chan, A. 2017. Transformation of Taiwan's Reserve Force, RAND Corporation.

Easton, I. 2016. Challenges Facing Taiwan in the South China Sea, Occasional Paper, The Project 2049 Institute.

Easton, I. 2016. The Taiwanese Curveball: Why Taiwan's New Government will Put the Brakes on China's Foreign Policy, Newsweek Japan.

Easton, I. 2016. Taiwan's Transition is a Strategic Opportunity for the United States, The Diplomat.

Easton, I. 2016. Strategic Standoff: The U.S.-China Rivalry and Taiwan,, Project 2049 Institute.

Stokes, M. & Easton, I. 2015. "The Chinese People's Liberation Army General Staff Department: Evolving Organization and Missions," in The PLA as an Organization Version 2.0, Defense Group Inc.

Easton, I. 2015. The South China Sea is Not Beijing's Next Battlefield, The National Interest.

Easton, I. 2015. Taiwan's Naval Role in the Rebalance to Asia, Futuregram 15-001, Project 2049 Institute.

Easton, I. 2015. A Peculiar Panic: Russia’s S-400 SAM Sale to China, Asia Eye, The Project 2049 Institute.

Easton, I. & Schriver, R. 2014. Standing Watch: Taiwan and Maritime Domain Awareness in the Western Pacific, Project 2049 Institute.

Easton, I. 2014. Taiwan, Asia's Secret Air Power, The Diplomat.

Easton, I. 2014. Able Archers: Taiwan Defense Strategy in an Age of Precision Strike, The Project 2049 Institute.

Easton, I. 2014. China’s Evolving Reconnaissance-Strike Capabilities: Implications for the U.S.-Japan Alliance, The Project 2049 Institute.

Easton, I. 2014. China's Deceptively Weak (and Dangerous) Military, The Diplomat.

Easton, I. 2013. China's Military Strategy in the Asia-Pacific: Implications for Regional Stability, The Project 2049 Institute.

Easton, I.; Stokes, M. 2013. Half Lives: A Preliminary Assessment of China's Nuclear Warhead Life Extension and Safety Program, The Project 2049 Institute.

Easton, I. & Schriver, R. 2013. Assessing Japan's National Defense: Toward a New Security Paradigm, The Project 2049 Institute.

Easton, I. 2013. China’s Military Power and America’s Poor Pacific Hedge, Asia Eye.

Easton, I. & Hsiao, R. 2013. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Project: Organizational Capacities and Operational Capabilities, The Project 2049 Institute.

Easton, I. 2011. The Year of the Tiger: China's Spy Satellite Surge in 2010, Asia Eye.

Easton, I. & Stokes, M. 2011. China's Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) Satellite Developments: Implications for U.S. Air and Naval Operations, The Project 2049 Institute.

Easton, I. 2010. Dark Futures: Thinking About North Korea's Coming Leadership Transition, The Asia Eye.

Stokes, M. & Easton, I. 2010. Evolving Aerospace Trends in the Asia-Pacific Region: Implications for Stability in the Taiwan Strait and Beyond, The Project 2049 Institute.

Easton, I. 2009. The Great Game in Space: China's Evolving ASAT Weapons Programs and Their Implications for Future U.S. Strategy, The Project 2049 Institute.

Events and testimonies:

Hearing on Hotspots along China's Maritime Periphery, April 13, 2017, Testimony before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

The Future of U.S.-Taiwan Security Relations, December 5, 2015 Keynote Address at FAPA Board Meeting Banquet

Hearing on China's Relations with Taiwan and North Korea, June 5, 2014, Testimony before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

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