July 23, 2019
  • Provides the first comprehensive conceptual and empirical study of China's response to intervention at the UN Security Council
  • Develops a theory for analyzing the effects of status and China's 'status dilemma'
  • Draws on a large body of primary evidence including participant observation at UN Headquarters, extensive fieldwork with over 200 interviews of primarily UN and Chinese foreign policy elites, and extensive use of Chinese-language sources
  • Provides an in-depth case study of contemporary cases of UN intervention in Sudan, Libya, and Syria


Hardcover - 304 Pages - 9.2 x 6.0 inches - ISBN: 9780198842743



Dr. Courtney J. Fung is an assistant professor of International Relations and an associate-in-research at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University. Her research focuses on how rising powers, like China and India, address the norms and provisions for a global security order.  She is particularly interested in how status affects these states as they address United Nations peacekeeping, intervention, and emerging norms, like the responsibility to protect.  Her forthcoming Oxford University Press book explains China's varied response to intervention at the United Nations Security Council.  Her research was most recently supported by a Hong Kong Research Grants Council Government Research Fund grant (GRF) and a Hong Kong Research Grants Council Early Career Scheme (ECS) award.  Prior research funding included grants from the Konosuke Matsushita Memorial Foundation and the Scaife Foundation. 

Dr. Fung was most recently a 2016 – 2017 research fellow with the East Asia Institute in their Program on Peace, Governance, and Development in East Asia, and an honorary research fellow at the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney during a semester-long research sabbatical. She was previously a post-doctoral fellow with the now Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program, based at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University. She held pre-doctoral fellowships with the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, and with the Global Peace Operations Program at the Center on International Cooperation, New York University. 

Dr. Fung has a PhD in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, where she was awarded the Peter Ackerman Dissertation Prize for her doctoral thesis. She also holds an M.A. in Security Policy Studies from the George Washington University, and a B.Sc. (Hons) in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr. Fung is also a graduate of the Middlebury College Chinese Summer Language School, where she was a Kathryn Davis fellow. Additional training includes the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Methods Research, Syracuse University and the Graduate Institute for Teaching, Tufts University.  Dr. Fung is a 2016 recipient of the HKU Early Career Teaching Award.​ She serves as a member of the Fletcher School Board of Advisors.