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Eleanor Albert

Eleanor Albert

Eleanor M. Albert is a Ph.D. student in Political Science at the George Washington University.

Eleanor M. Albert is a Ph.D. student in Political Science at the George Washington University. Her research interests include Chinese foreign and domestic policy, the evolving nature of Chinese power, and how the country exerts its influence and builds relationships. Prior to her Ph.D., Eleanor worked as the Asia writer for the explanatory journalism arm of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York where she published work on a wide range of Asia-related topics including China’s rise, modern slavery, regional organizations in Asia, the Rohingya migration crisis, North Korea’s military and nuclear proliferation, and U.S.-China relations.

Her work has been republished, featured, or quoted in outlets including the New York Times, PBS NewsHour, Newsweek, WNYC, the Atlantic’s DefenseOne, Business Insider, HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, RealClearWorld, and VOA, among others.

Eleanor has lived in China and France and speaks French and Mandarin. She received a dual degree masters from Sciences Po in European Affairs and from Fudan University in International Politics. She completed her bachelors degree in Political Science and Chinese at Vassar College

Posts by Eleanor Albert
September 10, 2020

Disney’s ‘Mulan’ Debacle

By Eleanor Albert
The film has come to exemplify the trade-offs made by Hollywood to seek big gains in China -- and the reputational costs involved.

September 02, 2020

China’s Foreign Minister Finishes Europe Tour

By Eleanor Albert
Wang Yi's trip to Europe had decidedly mixed results.
July 22, 2020

The Cost of Ending Fulbright in China

By Eleanor Albert
The Trump administration is willing to sacrifice a source of long-term relationship and knowledge building in a bid to punish current Chinese behavior.

July 11, 2020

China’s Foreign Minister Strikes Conciliatory Tone to Bring US Ties Back From the Brink

By Eleanor Albert
In speech on Thursday, Wang Yi tried for a reset in U.S.-China relations amid worsening tensions.

July 06, 2020

Which Countries Support the New Hong Kong National Security Law?

By Eleanor Albert
China rallied 53 countries to back the controversial law amid strong opposition from other governments.

June 18, 2020

Trump Signs Uyghur Human Rights Act Into Law

By Eleanor Albert
Trump signed a law sanctioning Chinese officials responsible for anti-Uyghur policies even as allegations leaked that the U.S. president had encouraged China in the constriction of detention camps.
June 11, 2020

What to Make of China’s Debt Relief Announcement

By Eleanor Albert
China is instituting the G-20's temporary debt suspension, but how will Beijing reframe the debt narrative in the long term?

June 05, 2020

UK Offers Hong Kongers a Potential Exit Strategy

By Eleanor Albert
The U.K., along with Taiwan and the U.S., is discussing making it easier for Hong Kongers to migrate ahead of a looming national security law.

May 28, 2020

Beijing’s National Security Messaging on Hong Kong

By Eleanor Albert
China is defending its plans for Hong Kong with a fervent PR blitz.

May 20, 2020

Is Taiwan Looking to Diversify Its Defense Partnerships? 

By Eleanor Albert
While the U.S. remains far and away Taiwan's biggest source of arms, other countries could be important partners as well.

May 08, 2020

Can China’s Electric Car Industry Weather the COVID-19 Storm?

By Eleanor Albert
The booming industry faced headwinds even before the massive economic upheaval brought by the pandemic.
April 27, 2020

African Countries Respond to Guangzhou’s ‘Anti-Epidemic Measures’  

By Eleanor Albert
Widespread reports of racism against Africans put China into damage control mode.

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