Michael Beckley

Michael Beckley

Formal First Name

Dr. Michael Beckley is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts University and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where his research focuses on US-China competition, long-term trends in the US-China power balance, US alliances and grand strategy, and US economic and defense policy in East Asia. A leading expert on the balance of power between the United States and China, Dr. Beckley is the author of two books and multiple award-winning articles, including “Unrivaled: Why America Will Remain the World’s Sole Superpower.” Previously, he worked at the Harvard Kennedy School, the US Department of Defense, the RAND Corporation, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Dr. Beckley has been published in a variety of academic and financial journals, and in the popular press. Today, he continues to advise offices within the U.S. Intelligence Community and U.S. Department of Defense.

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Academic History


  • US-China relations, US-China competition, American grand strategy, US defense policy, US alliances, US-Asia relations, China

  • His research on great power competition has received awards from the American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association.



  • Michael has been published in  International Security, the Journal of East Asian Studies, and the Journal of Strategic Studies.

  • He has been featured in the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Harvard Business Review, and The Washington Post.

  • His broadcast appearances include NPR's "On Point.”