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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
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.

December 12, 2020

China and the EU: Public-Private Dissonance

By Eleanor Albert
Despite official optimism over a trade deal, tensions continue to simmer at the people-to-people level.

December 04, 2020

Citing Forced Labor Concerns, US Issues Ban on Xinjiang Cotton

By Eleanor Albert
U.S. businesses should not be allowed “to profit from slave labor,” a U.S. official said of the ban.

November 19, 2020

China Leans Into RCEP Conclusion as Win

By Eleanor Albert
China frames the conclusion of the mega trade deal as a huge victory for its approach to multilateral trade - and, implicitly, a rebuke of U.S. unilateralism.
November 12, 2020

Xi Champions Multilateralism at SCO Amid COVID Concerns and Sino-Indian Tensions

By Eleanor Albert
The SCO Summit went virtual this year amid the pandemic, but the content of the meeting was the same as always: big talk, little action.

November 04, 2020

China-Australia Relations Continue Their Downward Spiral

By Eleanor Albert
China is ramping up economic pressure on Australia as overall ties continue to sour.

October 27, 2020

China Retaliates With More Restrictions on US Media

By Eleanor Albert
After the U.S. added new restrictions on 6 Chinese media organizations, China followed suit.

October 15, 2020

Indonesian Special Envoy Visits China in Show of Cooperation

By Eleanor Albert
As Indonesia and China mark 70 years of relations, ties are marked by a tension between economic cooperation and ongoing maritime frictions.

October 13, 2020

Trump Reportedly Eyes More Chinese Firms for Sanction

By Eleanor Albert
The administration is considering restrictions on Chinese digital payment platforms, on top of existing bans.
October 02, 2020

China Doubles Down on Xinjiang Policy Amid Reports of Cultural Erasure

By Eleanor Albert
International opprobrium has so far failed to deter Beijing from its repressive policies in Xinjiang.

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