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Ian Burns McCaslin is an intern at the Project 2049 Institute. He received his B.A. in International Studies with a minor in Chinese from Ohio Wesleyan University, where he focused on Chinese history, politics, and military affairs. While completing his B.A., he participated in a language immersion program at National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan and a study abroad program at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. While studying abroad, Ian interned for the Pudong Institute for U.S. Economy in Shanghai and served as an English teacher at a series of summer camps in rural Anhui and Yunnan Province for orphans and the children of migrant workers. He is a Master’s candidate in International Relations at the National University of Singapore. His thesis focused on the role of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in China’s foreign policy and behavior abroad using the Korean War, 1995-1996 Taiwan Strait Crisis, and the South China Sea as case studies. Particular attention in the thesis is paid to the impact of the growing professionalism in the PLA and the bifurcation of military and civilian members of China’s government on said role. While working on his Master’s, he also served as a Visiting Scholar at the Australia-China Relations Institute in Sydney, Australia.

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