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Eleanor Albert

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

China’s Grand Plans for Shenzhen
August 21, 2019
China’s Grand Plans for Shenzhen
The new plan for Shenzhen also shines a light on China's long-term strategy toward Hong Kong.
China’s Grand Plans for Shenzhen
Taking Stock of Shanghai’s Free Trade Zone
August 19, 2019
Taking Stock of Shanghai’s Free Trade Zone
The pilot program in Shanghai was supposed to be a model for national reform. How is it faring?
Taking Stock of Shanghai’s Free Trade Zone
Hong Kong’s Summer of Discontent
July 27, 2019
Hong Kong’s Summer of Discontent
The anti-extradition bill protests are heating up, not cooling down, as summer wears on.
Hong Kong’s Summer of Discontent
The US-China Relationship: Why Words Matter
July 19, 2019
The US-China Relationship: Why Words Matter
Don’t discount the damaging impact of escalatory rhetoric on both sides.
The US-China Relationship: Why Words Matter
Fresh Kidnappings of Chinese Nationals in Nigeria
July 12, 2019
Fresh Kidnappings of Chinese Nationals in Nigeria
The latest kidnappings highlight security risks for Chinese expatriates in Nigeria. But so far, that hasn't slowed Chinese investment.
Fresh Kidnappings of Chinese Nationals in Nigeria
What Do the US Democratic Presidential Contenders Think About China?
July 06, 2019
What Do the US Democratic Presidential Contenders Think About China?
So far, the Democrats have had little to say about what’s often called the world’s most important bilateral relationship.
What Do the US Democratic Presidential Contenders Think About China?
Xi Jinping’s Busy G-20 Summit
June 25, 2019
Xi Jinping’s Busy G-20 Summit
What to watch for when China's president heads to Japan later this week.
Xi Jinping’s Busy G-20 Summit
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization: A Vehicle for Cooperation or Competition?
June 21, 2019
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization: A Vehicle for Cooperation or Competition?
The SCO reflects shifting power dynamics in this subregion, particularly between China and Russia.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization: A Vehicle for Cooperation or Competition?
A China-Portugal Nexus in the Making?
June 13, 2019
A China-Portugal Nexus in the Making?
China's growing presence in Portugal exemplifies the diverse stances of EU members toward Beijing.
A China-Portugal Nexus in the Making?
China’s Continued Courting of El Salvador
June 08, 2019
China’s Continued Courting of El Salvador
One year after El Salvador cut ties with Taiwan in favor of the mainland, the young relationship has taken an uneasy turn.
China’s Continued Courting of El Salvador
Why Is China Sending Top Military Brass to Shangri-La 2019?
May 29, 2019
Why Is China Sending Top Military Brass to Shangri-La 2019?
For the first time since 2011, China will be represented at the regional security forum by its defense minister.
Why Is China Sending Top Military Brass to Shangri-La 2019?
Where Does Tibet Fit Into the US-China Relationship?
May 24, 2019
Where Does Tibet Fit Into the US-China Relationship?
With the U.S. ambassador's visit, Tibet may again be poised to play a larger role in US-China relations.
Where Does Tibet Fit Into the US-China Relationship?
China and Japan’s Rapprochement Continues – For Now
May 16, 2019
China and Japan’s Rapprochement Continues – For Now
Yang Jiechi is set to travel to Japan this week, the latest high-level exchange in the thawed relationship.
China and Japan’s Rapprochement Continues – For Now
China’s Global Port Play
May 11, 2019
China’s Global Port Play
China’s port building plans are more complex than conventional wisdom suggests.
China’s Global Port Play
Are China-France Relations in Trouble?
May 03, 2019
Are China-France Relations in Trouble?
Even as the two celebrate cultural ties, political and economic tensions remain in the foreground.
Are China-France Relations in Trouble?
China Digs Deep in Landlocked Laos
April 24, 2019
China Digs Deep in Landlocked Laos
China's presence is growing in strategically located Laos, but the trend is often overlooked.
China Digs Deep in Landlocked Laos
Hong Kong’s Extradition Changes Tap Into Fears of Diminished Rights
April 10, 2019
Hong Kong’s Extradition Changes Tap Into Fears of Diminished Rights
Proposed changes, which would smooth extraditions to the mainland, must be seen in the broader context of Hong Kong-mainland relations.
Hong Kong’s Extradition Changes Tap Into Fears of Diminished Rights
The Dragon and the Kiwi: New Zealand’s Ardern in China
April 01, 2019
The Dragon and the Kiwi: New Zealand’s Ardern in China
Can New Zealand's model for China relations survive recent frictions?
The Dragon and the Kiwi: New Zealand’s Ardern in China
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