Richard K. Betts
Adjunct Senior Fellow for National Security Studies
Intelligence and U.S. defense policy; military strategy; political and military intelligence; international conflict; terrorism.
National Security and Defense Program
December 1, 1998—May 1, 1999
This yearly study group allows the Council’s current Shepardson Fellow to benefit from the feedback of relevant experts on discussion papers/chapters from a book-in-progress. This year’s Fellow is John Mearsheimer, a professor at the University of Chicago, who is writing a book on great power relations since the French Revolution and the relevant lessons for U.S. security policy.
September 1, 1998—June 1, 2000
Some of the principal issues in international politics in the next century will be how powerful China becomes, whether its military capabilities will develop commensurately with its economic output, and what challenges Chinese power will pose to regional and global order. Launched in January 1999, this study group held meetings in New York and Washington, D.C., to discuss the interrelationships of political, economic, and military developments in the evolution of Chinese power. Special attention was devoted to considering what might be learned from the experiences of other rising powers, the roles of other major powers in Asia (Japan, Russia, India), and problems in translating economic progress into modern military effectiveness. Richard K. Betts and Thomas J. Christensen are producing an article that draws on the discussions.
June 1, 1998—February 1, 2000
This ongoing roundtable series brings together leading specialists on China and nuclear weapons to assess China’s nuclear doctrine, strategy, perceptions, and modernization strategy and their implications for the U.S. and the region. These issues will be assessed with a view toward the prospects of nuclear arms reductions. A written analysis of the conclusions derived from last year’s roundtable sessions was produced.
January 1, 1984—December 31, 1996