Dr. Carla Freeman joins USIP after more than a decade as a member of the China Studies faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where she also directed the SAIS Foreign Policy Institute. Previously, she worked on international civil society and sustainable development for The Johnson Foundation and as a political risk consultant focused on Asia. 

Dr. Freeman holds a doctorate in international relations and China from SAIS in addition to degrees from Yale University and Sciences Po. She specializes in China's foreign policy, nontraditional security issues, and U.S.-China relations. She is the author of multiple edited books, monographs, and articles. Recent published work includes a comparative study of China’s policies in the high seas and outer space, which won The China Quarterly's 2020 Gordon White Prize.

Publications By Carla

China’s Ukraine Gambit: Beijing Plays Both Sides

China’s Ukraine Gambit: Beijing Plays Both Sides

Thursday, April 14, 2022

By: Carla Freeman, Ph.D.

Beijing finds itself astride two policy tracks that appear to be moving in opposite directions: committed to affirming its carefully cultivated ties with Russia but also committed to upholding, at least rhetorically, the inviolability of territorial sovereignty. As Russia’s invasion enters a new phase, and more evidence of tragedies of emerge, China’s gambit may become increasingly uncomfortable.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Global Policy

A Closer Look at Biden’s Indo-Pacific Strategy

A Closer Look at Biden’s Indo-Pacific Strategy

Monday, March 7, 2022

By: Carla Freeman, Ph.D.;  Daniel Markey, Ph.D.;  Vikram J. Singh

On February 11, the White House announced its new strategy for a “free and open Indo-Pacific” region, which pledges support for regional connectivity, trade and investment, and deepening bilateral and multilateral partnerships. USIP’s Daniel Markey, Vikram J. Singh and Carla Freeman analyze the key priorities outlined in the document, and the strategic dynamics between the United States, India and China in the region.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Global Policy

Neither Summit, nor Sidebar: Assessing the Biden-Xi ‘Virtual Meeting’

Neither Summit, nor Sidebar: Assessing the Biden-Xi ‘Virtual Meeting’

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

By: Carla Freeman, Ph.D.;  Andrew Scobell, Ph.D.;  Jennifer Staats, Ph.D.

To address growing tensions between the United States and China, particularly over Taiwan, President Joe Biden and General Secretary Xi Jinping met virtually on Monday night (Tuesday morning in Beijing) for a three-hour discussion that covered a wide array of contentious issues. Both sides downplayed expectations for the session beforehand and have been relatively subdued albeit somewhat positive in their respective post-meeting statements and spins. Less formal than a summit and more structured than a sidebar, what if anything did the extended virtual top-level bilateral discussion achieve?

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Global Policy

What’s Next for U.S.-China Relations Amid Rising Tensions Over Taiwan

What’s Next for U.S.-China Relations Amid Rising Tensions Over Taiwan

Saturday, October 9, 2021

By: Carla Freeman, Ph.D.;  Andrew Scobell, Ph.D.

U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Chinese Communist Party Politburo member Yang Jiechi held a six-hour meeting in Zurich on October 6 in an attempt to manage “intense competition” between their two countries. The meeting took place against a backdrop of growing Chinese incursions of Taiwan’s air defense identification zone and a decision by the Biden administration not to remove Trump-era tariffs on Chinese goods until Beijing keeps its trade commitments.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Conflict Analysis & Prevention

How Will China’s Bid to Join a Trans-Pacific Trade Pact Affect Regional Stability?

How Will China’s Bid to Join a Trans-Pacific Trade Pact Affect Regional Stability?

Thursday, October 7, 2021

By: Carla Freeman, Ph.D.

On September 16, China applied to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). USIP’s Carla Freeman says China’s membership in the CPTPP will only increase Beijing’s relative regional influence and prompt more calls for the Biden administration to also join the pact.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

EconomicsGlobal Policy

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