James Bowen is a Research Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre and was recently a Visiting Academic Research Fellow at the Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin. He has undertaken research on behalf of institutions including the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Future Directions International, and the Centre for Rule-making Strategies. His analysis has been published by the South China Morning Post, World Politics Review, The Diplomat, The National Interest, and many others. He has provided expert commentary to Agence France-Press, ABC Radio National, and other media. Bowen was previously based at the International Peace Institute, where he edited the Global Observatory publication. He has consulted for political risk firms and served as a speechwriter on energy and resources issues for Australian federal and state governments.

Last Updated: December 10, 2019



What Does Beijing Want from the Pacific Islands?

J. Michael Cole, Michael S. Chase & more
In late September, Pacific Island countries the Solomon Islands and Kiribati switched their diplomatic allegiances from Taiwan to China. That month, a Beijing-based company signed a secretive deal granting it exclusive development rights for the...



China, Global Peacemaker?

James Bowen
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