Professor Yong DENG 鄧勇

Dr. Yong Deng(鄧勇) is Professor in the Department of Political Science at the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona (dissertation committee chair, Prof. Allen S. Whiting), he taught at Benedictine University in Illinois before moving to the United States Naval Academy in 1999 where he has since been an assistant, associate, and full professor. He was recently Senior Visiting Fellow at Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Visiting Fellow at the Nobel Institute, Oslo, Norway.

Dr. Deng has published four books, Promoting Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation: Perspectives from East Asia(1997), In the Eyes of the Dragon: China Views the World (co-editor, 1999), China Rising: Power and Motivation in Chinese Foreign Policy (co-editor, 2005), and China's Struggle for Status: The Realignment of International Relations (Cambridge University Press, 2008). Some of his other scholarly works have appeared in academic journals, such as Political Science Quarterly, China Quarterly, Pacific Affairs, Journal of Contemporary China, Washington Quarterly, and Journal of Strategic Studies, as well as edited volumes published by Routledge, Rowman & Littlefield, Palgrave MacMillan, Stanford University Press, and MIT Press.

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  • China’s Struggle for Status: The Realignment of International Relations (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008)
  • China Rising: Power and Motivation in Chinese Foreign Policy? (Co-edited with Fei-ling Wang) (Boulder, CO: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005)
  • In the Eyes of the Dragon: China Views the World (Co-edited with Fei-ling Wang) (Boulder, CO: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 1999)
  • Promoting Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation: Perspectives from East Asia (New York: St. Martin, 1997)

Special Journal Issues

  • Editor (with Sherry Gray), Debating China’s International Future (I, II), Journal of Contemporary China, Vol. 10, (February 2001), pp. 5-88 and (May 2001), pp. 275-337.

Selected Articles

  • “Great-Power Politics near the Center of the World: China Gears up for Sino-U.S. Competition, Strategic Asia 2020: Sino-U.S. Competition for Regional and Global Influence (forthcoming 2020).
  • “How China’s Belt and Road is Reordering Asia,” Harvard International Review, Vol. 39, No. 4 (Fall 2018), pp. 30-35.
  • “Multilateral Institutional Development in Asia: An Alternative Path to Regional Order?” in Routledge Handbook of Politics in Asia (London: Routledge, 2018), pp. 359-372.
  • “Can China Save the Global Order?” Project Syndicate, March 20, 2017. Published and reprinted by other media globally in five languages (
  • “China: The Post-Responsible Power,” The Washington Quarterly, Vol. 37, No. 4 (Winter 2015), pp. 117-132. (Lead article of the special section on China).
  • “Unwelcome Return: China Reacts to the U.S. Strategic Pivot to Asia,” in Peter Chow, ed., America’s Strategic Pivot to Asia (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), pp. 79-96.
  • “Too Big to Fit: China's Regionalisms and the Limits of Institutional Building in East Asia,” China and East Asian Strategic Dynamics: The Shaping of a New Regional Order (Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, 2011), chap. 9.
  • “The Power and Politics of Recognition: Status in China’s Foreign Relations,” in Thomas J. Volgy et al., eds., Major Powers and the Quest for Status in International Politics (“Evolutionary Processes in World Politics” Series) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), chap. 4.
  • “The Elusive Progress: Sino-American Military Relations,” in Yufan Hao, ed., Sino-American Relations: Challenges Ahead (Ashgate, 2010), chap. 6.
  • “The New Hard Realities: ‘Soft Power’ and China in Transition,” Mingjiang Li, ed., Soft Power: China’s Emerging Strategy in International Politics (Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, 2009), chap. 4.
  • “Remolding Great Power Politics: China’s Strategic Partnerships with Russia, EU, and India,” Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 30 (August 2007), pp. 863-903. Revised version reprintedin Guoli Liu and Quansheng Zhao, eds., The China Challenge: Global Perspectives (Asian Studies Series) (London: Routledge, 2008).
  • “Reputation and the Security Dilemma: China Reacts to ‘the China Threat Theory’,” in Alastair Iain Johnston and Robert Ross, eds., New Approaches to the Study of Chinese Foreign Policy (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2006), chap. 7.
  • “Diplomatic Consequences,” in Steve Tsang, ed., If China Attacks Taiwan: Military Strategy, Politics and Economics (London: Routledge, 2006), pp. 179-192.
  •  “China Views Globalization: Towards a New Great Power Politics?” The Washington Quarterly (with Thomas G. Moore), Vol. 27, No. 3 (Summer 2004), pp. 117-136. Reprinted in Helen Purkitt, ed., Annual Editions: World Politics 2005/2010, 26-30th Edition (McGraw-Hill/Dushkin, 2005-2010); reprinted in Alexander Lennon Amanda Kozlowski, eds., Global Powers in the 21st Century: Strategies and Relations (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2008).
  • “Hegemon on the Offensive: Chinese Perspectives on U.S. Global Strategy,” Political Science Quarterly Vol. 116, No. 3 (Fall 2001), pp. 343-365. (Lead article) Reprinted in Michael Cox, ed., Twentieth Century International Relations (Sage, 2007).
  • (with Sherry Gray), “Introduction-- Growing Pains: China Debates Its International Future,” Journal of Contemporary China Vol. 10, (February 2001), pp. 5-16.
  • “Escaping the Periphery: China’s National Identity in World Politics,” in Richard Hu, Gerald Chan, Daojiong Zha, eds., China’s International Relations in the 21st Century: Dynamics of Paradigm Shifts (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2000), pp. 41-70.
  • “The Chinese Conception of National Interests in International Relations,” China Quarterly, No. 154 (June 1998), pp. 308-329. Revised version appears as chapter 3, “Conception of National Interests: Realpolitik, Liberal Dilemma, and the Possibility of Change,” in Deng and Wang (eds.), In the Eyes of the Dragon.
  • “Managing China’s Hegemonic Ascension: Engagement from Southeast Asia,” Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 21, No. 1 (March 1998), pp. 21-43.
  • “Headless Dragons: The Problem of Leadership in APEC,” Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Vol. 22, No. 1 (Winter/Spring 1998), pp. 65-80.
  • "‘The Tree Prefers Calms, but the Wind does not Stop’: China’s Search for National Security,” in Joseph Cheng (ed.), China Review 1998 (Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 1998), pp. 61-82.
  • “Chinese Relations with Japan: Implications for Asia-Pacific Regionalism,” Pacific Affairs, Vol. 70, No. 3 (Fall 1997), pp. 51-70.
  • “Japan in APEC: The Problematic Leadership Role,” Asian Survey, Vol. 37 (April 1997), pp. 353-367.