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Dr. Elizabeth Wishnick

External Researcher

ELIZABETH WISHNICK is a Research Associate at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University, and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science, Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science, New School University. In 2003-04 she was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar in the Department of Politics and Sociology at Lingnan University in Hong Kong. She has taught at Barnard College, Columbia University, and at Yale College, and has been a research fellow at Taiwan’s Academia Sinica, the Hoover Institution, and the Davis Center at Harvard University. Dr. Wishnick is the author of Mending Fences: The Evolution of Moscow’s China Policy from Brezhnev to Yeltsin (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2001) and of numerous articles on great power relations and regional development in Northeast Asia, published in Asian Survey, NBR Analysis, SAIS Review, Journal of East Asian Affairs, Issues and Studies, and Perspectives Chinoises, as well as in several edited volumes. Her current research focuses on transnational threats from China and their impact on regional threat perceptions; human security and Chinese migration to the Russian Far East; and great power relations and the Korean nuclear crisis. Dr. Wishnick received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University, an M.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University, and a B.A. from Barnard College, and speaks both Russian and Chinese.

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SSI books and monographs by Dr. Elizabeth Wishnick

  • Russia, China, and the United States in Central Asia: Prospects for Great Power Competition and Cooperation in the Shadow of the Georgian Crisis

    February 27, 2009

    Authored by Dr. Elizabeth Wishnick.
    An overview of changing U.S. Central Asia policy over the past 5 years reveals an effort to respond to changing developments on the ground, most recently the Georgian crisis, but also the “color” revolutions, the Andijan events in Uzbekistan and its subsequent decision to end U.S. basing rights at Karshi Khanabad, Kazakhstan’s economic rise, and leadership change in Turkmenistan. At the same time, the worsening security situation in Afghanistan and growing insecurity about energy supplies has heightened U.S. interest in security and economic cooperation in Central Asia.

  • Strategic Consequences of the Iraq War: U.S. Security Interests in Central Asia Reassessed

    May 01, 2004

    Authored by Dr. Elizabeth Wishnick.
    The U.S.-led war in Iraq complicates security cooperation between the United States and Central Asia at a time when other regional powers—especially Russia, China, and India—are competing for influence in the region more overtly. The author argues that the United States should do more to address the underlying human security problems in Central Asia, which increase its vulnerability to terrorist movements.

  • Growing U.S. Security Interests in Central Asia

    October 01, 2002

    Authored by Dr. Elizabeth Wishnick.
    The author notes that strengthening the Central Asian states against terrorism and assisting their transition to stable and prosperous nations are difficult and fraught with danger. If not astutely managed, this strategy could have the opposite of the intended results and generate increased instability, spark anti-Americanism, and antagonize Russia and China. To avoid this, Dr. Wishnick advocates a multilateral strategy that integrates the military, political, and economic elements of national power and prods the Central Asian regimes toward reform.