J. Michael Cole is a Taipei-based Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the China Policy Institute at the University of Nottingham, and an Associate Researcher at the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China. Prior to moving to Taiwan in 2005, he was an intelligence officer with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) in Ottawa, Canada. He has a Master’s Degree in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. Between 2014 to 2016, he was Editor in Chief of Thinking Taiwan, a commentary and analysis website run by Tsai Ing-wen’s Thinking Taiwan Foundation. He was Deputy News Editor at the Taipei Times from 2010 to 2013, and an editor between 2006-2010. Cole has been published in a variety of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, South China Morning Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Jane’s Defence Weekly, Jane’s Intelligence Review, The Diplomat, The National Interest, The Age, Ottawa Citizen, China Brief, Lowy Interpreter, The Huffington Post, and others.

Last Updated: December 5, 2016



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