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Founded in 2004, the Columbia-Harvard China and the World program (C&WP) is committed to integrating the advanced study of China’s foreign relations into the field of international relations, by bringing exceptional young scholars whose work bridges China studies and international relations together with recognized scholars in these fields.

Whether China’s economic and political development is advancing toward rapid expansion in its relative power, or an implosion born of socio-economic and political inequality, there is growing demand in universities, government, and the business sector for reliable analysis of China’s role in global and regional economic, social, and security affairs. We think that a sound understanding of China's foreign relations depends on research that draws both on theories and methods from the discipline of international relations and on deep knowledge of China’s interaction with the outside world. To this end, China and the World offers post-doctoral fellowships to encourage exceptional advanced graduate students and new Ph.D.s to integrate their knowledge of international relations as a discipline with their knowledge of China. The program provides an opportunity for scholars to advance their research, to develop a stronger sense of community with others working on both China and international relations, to forge interdisciplinary ties with China experts in other fields as well as with policy makers and intellectuals without China expertise, and to access the first-class resources in international relations and China that both Columbia and Harvard have to offer.

The China and the World program encourages research on neglected or inadequately-studied problems in Chinese foreign relations including, but not limited to, the following:

  • China’s bilateral strategic interactions
  • China’s participation in international security, economic, and social (e.g. health and education) institutions
  • Sources and content of military and strategic thinking in China
  • China’s responses to the diffusion of global norms
  • The role of misperceptions and cognitive biases in Chinese foreign policy
  • China’s responses to and effect on economic globalization and regional interdependence
  • The relationship between historical memory and contemporary foreign policy behavior
  • China’s evolving foreign policy decision-making processes including linkages between domestic economics, politics, and foreign policy
  • Etc.