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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
April 08, 2021

China’s Hard and Soft Lines on Xinjiang

By Eleanor Albert
Beijing's softer messaging efforts on Xinjiang collide with its harsher tactics at home and abroad.

April 01, 2021

US Ambassador Makes First Visit to Taiwan in More Than 40 Years

By Eleanor Albert
A visit from Palau’s president also highlighted a milestone for Taiwan-U.S. relations.
March 24, 2021

China and Russia Show Solidarity at Meeting of Foreign Ministers

By Eleanor Albert
The two sides, both under increasing Western pressure, expressed strong opposition to outside "interference."

March 10, 2021

China Is Buying Record Amounts of Iranian Oil

By Eleanor Albert
China is moving closer to Iran than ever before, but the partnership still has limits.

March 05, 2021

American Views of China Drop to Record Low

By Eleanor Albert
A recent poll from Gallup joins a growing body of evidence that China's global image is slipping - especially in the United States.

February 25, 2021

Is International Pressure Coalescing on China’s Xinjiang Policy?

By Eleanor Albert
Separate moves from Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. show signs of growing backlash to China's human rights abuses.
February 11, 2021

China-Australia Slump Continues to Deepen

By Eleanor Albert
The formal arrest of an Australian citizen by Chinese authorities continues the downward trend in bilateral relations.

February 04, 2021

China Gifts Pakistan 1.2 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses 

By Eleanor Albert
Pakistan was the first country to receive donations of a Chinese COVID-19 vaccine, reflecting the countries' warm bilateral relationship.

January 26, 2021

China’s Xi Champions Multilateralism at Davos, Again

By Eleanor Albert
Once again, China's leader addressed the World Economic Forum to outline his vision for global governance.

January 12, 2021

China’s Foreign Minister Revives Belt and Road on 5-Country Africa Tour

By Eleanor Albert
Wang Yi's visit added two new partners for the BRI, among other agreements.

January 07, 2021

China’s Ambitious COVID-19 Vaccine Targets

By Eleanor Albert
With its first homegrown vaccine approved for general use, China aims to vaccinate 50 million people by the Lunar New Year in February.
December 31, 2020

Ant Group’s Year of Reckoning?

By Eleanor Albert
The targeting of the fintech giant may be part politics, part personal, and part regulatory reform.

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