Isaac Stone Fish is a senior fellow at Asia Society in New York City, on sabbatical from Foreign Policy magazine. As Asia Editor for Foreign Policy, he managed coverage of the region and wrote about the politics, economics, and international affairs of China, Japan, and North Korea. Formerly a Beijing correspondent for Newsweek, Stone Fish spent seven years living in China prior to joining Foreign Policy. While there, he traveled widely in the region and in the country, visiting every Chinese province except Jiangxi. His views on international affairs have been widely quoted, including in MSNBC, NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Slate, the BBC, and Al-Jazeera, among others, as well as in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese media. An experienced public speaker, Stone Fish has given talks at Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, the University of Washington in Seattle, the University of Groningen in Holland, Fudan University (in Mandarin), among other universities, and at conferences, think tanks, and events around the world. Besides publishing in Foreign Policy, Stone Fish’s articles have also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, The Daily Beast, and The Los Angeles Times. While in Beijing, he served on the board of the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of China.
Why does China still call itself a democracy? Making this claim allows Beijing to legitimize its own actions—and, in the case of its views on the U.S. missile attacks, the Syrian government’s— as representing the will of the people.