James S. Johnson, PhD

Welcome! I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey USA. I am also an honorary visiting fellow and adjunct professor with the School of History & International Relations, University of Leicester. I spent most of my career in various roles and locations within the financial sector, and have lived and worked in China for almost two decades. I now juggle post-doc research projects, teaching appointments, and ad-hoc work with think-tanks, policy officials, and the defense community.


My research combines a regional focus on East Asia (especially China) with a thematic focus on emerging technologies (especially AI) and the future of warfare. These themes are examined in articles with The Pacific Review, Asian Security, Comparative StrategyDefense & Security Analysis, The Journal of Cyber Policy (Chatham House), RUSI Journal, The Strategic Studies Quarterly, The Washington Quarterly, War on the Rocksand my book, The US-China Military & Defense Relationship during the Obama Presidency. My latest book project is entitled, Artificial Intelligence & the Future of Warfare: USA, China, & Strategic Stability.


I hold a PhD in Politics & International Relations from the University of Leicester, and an MA in Asia-Pacific studies. I am fluent in Mandarin.

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