Courtney J. Fung is Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong, and concurrently Associate in Research at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University and Associate Fellow in the Asia-Pacific Programme at Chatham House. Fung’s work addresses how rising powers contribute to global security and the design of international order, with an empirical focus on China and India and an emphasis on the effects of status and norms for foreign policy behavior.

Fung’s book China and Intervention at the UN Security Council: Reconciling Status (Oxford University Press, 2019) explains the effects of status on China’s varied response to intervention and foreign-imposed regime change at the United Nations. Her work appears in Cooperation and Conflict, Global Governance, PS: Political Science & Politics, The China Quarterly, Third World Quarterly, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, International Peacekeeping, Monkey Cage, and the USIP PeaceBrief series. She has been cited in media outlets like The Wall Street Journal, Quartz, and PassBlue. Fung is currently working on two book projects mapping China’s influence at the United Nations and understanding how China is creating a global information order.

Fung was previously a Research Fellow with the East Asia Institute (Seoul) in their Program on Peace, Governance, and Development in East Asia, and a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the now Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program. Prior positions include research fellowships with the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University and with the Global Peace Operations Program at the Center on International Cooperation at New York University. Fung holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Last Updated: May 11, 2020



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Oxford University Press: What explains China’s response to intervention at the UN Security Council? China and Intervention at the UN Security Council argues that status is an overlooked determinant in understanding its decisions, even in the apex cases that are shadowed by a public discourse calling for foreign-imposed regime change in Sudan, Libya, and Syria. It posits that China reconciles its status dilemma as it weighs decisions to intervene, seeking recognition from both its intervention peer groups of great powers and developing states. Understanding the impact and scope of conditions of status answers why China has taken certain positions regarding intervention and how these positions were justified. Foreign policy behavior that complies with status, and related social factors like self-image and identity, means that China can select policy options bearing material costs. China and Intervention at the UN Security Council draws on an extensive collection of data, including over two hundred interviews with UN officials and Chinese foreign policy elites, participant observation at UN Headquarters, and a dataset of Chinese-language analysis regarding foreign-imposed regime change and intervention. The book concludes with new perspectives on the malleability of China’s core interests, insights about the application of status for cooperation, and the implications of the status dilemma for rising powers.{chop}