Zhiqun Zhu

Zhiqun Zhu

Professor of Political Science and International Relations
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About Zhiqun Zhu

Zhiqun Zhu, PhD, is Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Bucknell University. He was Bucknell’s International Relations Department Chair (2017-2021), inaugural Director of the China Institute (2013–2017), and MacArthur Chair in East Asian politics (2008–2014). He previously taught at University of Bridgeport, Hamilton College, University of South Carolina, and Shanghai International Studies University. In the early 1990s, he was Senior Assistant to Consul for Press and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai.

Professor Zhu’s teaching and research interests include Chinese politics and foreign policy, East Asian political economy, U.S.-Asian relations, and international relations theories. He is the author and editor of a dozen books, including A Critical Decade: China’s Foreign Policy 2008-2018 (World Scientific, 2019); China’s New Diplomacy: Rationale, Strategies and Significance (Ashgate, 2013); New Dynamics in East Asian Politics: Security, Political Economy, and Society (Bloomsbury, 2012); The People’s Republic of China: Internal and External Challenges (World Scientific, 2010); and US-China Relations in the 21st Century: Power Transition and Peace (Routledge, 2005).

Professor Zhu has received many research fellowships and grants, including a Fulbright U.S. Scholar award to Australia, two POSCO fellowships at the East-West Center in Hawaii; a Korea Foundation/Freeman Foundation grant to do research in Korea; three senior visiting fellowships at the East Asian Institute of National University of Singapore; visiting professorships at Doshisha University in Japan, Fudan University, Zhejiang University and Shanghai University in China, and Kyungpook National University in Korea; as well as a research grant from the American Political Science Association.

A noted scholar on Chinese foreign policy, Dr. Zhu is a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations and is frequently quoted by international media on Chinese and Asian affairs. He maintains a popular column for ThinkChina in Singapore.

Courses typically offered

  • East Asian Politics
  • Chinese Politics
  • International Relations of East Asia
  • Senior Seminar: US-China Relations
  • Foundation Seminar: The US and Asia in the 21st Century
Zhiqun Zhu CV

Selected Publications


A Critical Decade: China’s Foreign Policy (2008-2018) (Singapore: World Scientific Publishing, 2019)

Understanding East Asia’s Economic “Miracles” (Ann Arbor: the Association for Asian Studies, 2016).

Globalization, Development, and Security in Asia [editor-in-chief, 4 volumes] (Singapore: World Scientific Publishing, 2014).

China’s New Diplomacy: Rationale, Strategies and Significance (Surrey, England: Ashgate, 2010; updated and paperback edition, 2013).

New Dynamics in East Asian Politics: Security, Political Economy, and Society [ed.] (New York and London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2012).

The People’s Republic of China Today: Internal and External Challenges [ed.] (Singapore: World Scientific Publishing, 2010).

Global Studies: China [ed.] (13th and 14th editions) (Dubuque, IA: McGraw-Hill, 2009, 2011).

U.S.-China Relations in the 21st Century: Power Transition and Peace (New York: Routledge, 2006).


“China’s Global Power Ambition: Expectations, Opportunities and Challenges,” in Huiyao Wang and Lu Miao (eds.) Handbook on China and Globalization (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019): 240-48.

“Introduction: Foreign Policy and Security in an Asian Century,” co-authored with Benny Teh Cheng, in Vol. I of Globalization, Development and Security in Asia, Zhiqun Zhu (editor-in-chief) (Singapore: World Scientific Publishing, 2014): pp. 1-10.

“Foreign Policy of the People’s Republic of China,” in Ryan K. Beasley, Juliet Kaarbo, Jeffrey S. Lantis and Michael T. Snarr (eds.) Foreign Policy in Comparative Perspective, 2nd edition (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2012): pp. 118-137.

“China’s Warming Relations with Australia and South Korea,” in Mingjiang Li (ed.) Soft Power: China’s Emerging Strategy in International Politics (Lexington/Rowman & Littlefield, 2009): pp. 185-205.

“The PRC’s Defense Culture,” in Isaiah Wilson III and James J. F. Forest (eds.) Handbook of Defense Politics: International and Comparative Perspectives (New York: Routledge, 2008): pp. 260-268.

“Regional Influence: The Role of Shanghai,” in Yufan Hao and Lin Su (eds.), China’s Foreign Policy Making: Societal Force and Chinese American Policy (Hampshire, UK: Ashgate, 2005): pp. 209-227.

“China, the WTO, and U.S.-China Relations,” in Guoli Liu and Weixing Chen (eds.), New Directions in Chinese Politics for the New Millennium (Lewiston, NY: the Edwin Mellen Press, 2002): pp. 249-273.


“Dealing with North Korea’s Nuclear and Missile Programs: A Chinese Perspective,” Journal of War and Peace Studies (Inaugural issue, March 2019): pp. 1-20.

“Going Global 2.0: China’s Growing Investment in the West and Its Impact,” Asian Perspective, Vol. 42 No. 2 (April–June 2018): pp. 159-182.

“Chinese Investment in the USA and US-China Relations,” Asian Education and Development Studies, Vol. 7, Issue 4 (2018): pp. 329-342.

“Comrades in Broken Arms: Shifting Chinese Policies Toward North Korea”, Asian Politics & Policy, Vol. 8, No. 4 (2016): pp. 575-592.

“China’s Foreign Policy,” Oxford Bibliographies in International Relations, Oxford University Press (online), March 2014; updated March 2018.

“China-India Relations in the 21st Century: A Critical Review,” Indian Journal of Asian Affairs, June-December 2011: pp. 1-16.

“Chinese Foreign Policy: Continuity and Change,” China: An International Journal, Vol. 9, No. 2 (September 2011): pp. 185-194.

“China’s New Diplomacy in the Middle East and Its Implication for the United States,” Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (in Asia), Vol. 3, No. 4 (December 2009): pp. 41-52.

“Two Diasporas: Overseas Chinese and Non-resident Indians and Their Homelands’ Political Economy,” Journal of Chinese Political Science, Vol. 12, No. 3 (Dec. 2007): pp. 281-296.

“Small Power, Big Ambition: South Korea’s Role in Northeast Asian Security under President Roh Moo-hyun,” Asian Affairs: An American Review, Vol. 34, No. 2 (Summer 2007): pp. 67-86.

“Petroleum and Power: China, the Middle East, and the United States,” Yale Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 2, Issue 2 (Spring/Summer 2007): pp. 25-40.

“Power Transition and US-China Relations: Is War Inevitable?” Journal of International and Area Studies 12:1 (June 2005): pp. 1-24.

“U.S., China, and the WTO: Trading with the Enemy?” Global Economic Review, Vol. 29, No. 3 (April 2001): pp. 82-97.

“To Support or Not to Support: The American Debate on China’s WTO Membership,” Journal of Chinese Political Science, Vol. 6, No. 2 (Fall 2000): pp. 77-101.

“America’s Military Presence in Northeast Asia after the Cold War: Winning without Fighting?” East Asian Review, Vol. 12, No. 2 (Summer 2000): pp. 87-108.

“Battle Without Gunfire: Taiwan and the PRC’s Lobbying Competition in the U.S.,” Asian Perspective, Vol. 24, No. 1, 2000: pp. 47-70.

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