Dr. Courtney J. Fung (Richardson) (馮康雲) is an associate professor of International Relations in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong.  She is concurrently an associate-in-research at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University and an associate fellow in the Asia-Pacific Programme at Chatham House. She was a 2016 - 2017 research fellow with the East Asia Institute (Seoul) 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. Prior positions include research 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.  In addition to these fellowships, her research has thrice been supported by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong and the Konosuke Matushita Memorial Foundation. 

Courtney's book, China and Intervention at the UN Security Council: Reconciling Status (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019) explains the effects of status on China's varied response to intervention and foreign-imposed regime change at the United Nations.  Her book is nominated by the BISA Intervention and R2P Working Group LHM Ling Outstanding First Book Prize and received the 2019 - 2020 HKU Research Output Prize for the Faculty of Social Sciences. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Cooperation and Conflict, Global Governance, Journal of Global Security Studies, PS: Political Science & Politics, The China Quarterly, Third World Quarterly, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, and International Peacekeeping. 

Courtney holds 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. She 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.



China and Intervention at the UN Security Council


The book discusses the puzzle of China's varied response to intervention, and argues that status is an overlooked determinant in understanding China's decisions, even in the apex cases that are shadowed by a public discourse calling for foreign-imposed regime change in Sudan, Libya, and Syria. The book posits that China reconciles its status dilemma as it weighs decisions to intervene: seeking recognition from both its intervention peer groups of great powers and developing states. Understanding the impact and scope conditions of status answers why China has taken certain positions regarding intervention and how these positions were justified. Foreign policy behavior that complies with status, and related social factors like self-image and identity, means that China can select policy options bearing material costs. The book draws on an extensive collection of data, including over two hundred interviews with UN officials and Chinese foreign policy elites, participant observation at UN Headquarters, and a dataset of Chinese-language analysis regarding foreign-imposed regime change and intervention, and concludes with new perspectives on the malleability of China's core interests, insights about the application of status for cooperation and the implications of the status dilemma for rising powers.



  • Courtney J. Fung, China and Intervention at the UN Security Council: Reconciling Status (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019).
  • 2020 Courtney J. Fung, “Providing for Global Security: Implications of China’s Combat Troop Deployment to UN Peacekeeping​,” Global Governance, forthcoming.
  • 2019 Courtney J. Fung, “Rhetorical Adaptation and International Order-Making: China’s Advancement of the Responsibility to Protect,” Cooperation and Conflict​: ​https://doi.org/10.1177/0010836719858118​.
  • 2018 Courtney J. Fung, “Negotiating the Nuclear and Humanitarian Crisis on the Korean Peninsula: A Simulation and Teaching Guide.” PS: Political Science & Politics, 1 – 4: doi:10.1017/S1049096518001026
  • 2018 Courtney J. Fung, “Separating Intervention From Regime Change? China’s Diplomatic Innovations at the UN Security Council Regarding the Syria Crisis,” The China Quarterly 235: 693 – 712.
  • 2016 Courtney J. Fung, “Global South solidarity? China, regional organisations and intervention in the Libyan and Syrian civil wars,” Third World Quarterly 37, no. 1: 33 – 50.
  • 2016 Courtney J. Fung, “Explaining China’s Deployment to UN Peacekeeping Operations,” International Relations of the Asia-Pacific 16, no. 3: 409 – 441
  • 2011 Courtney J. Richardson, “A Responsible Power? China and the UN Peacekeeping Regime,” International Peacekeeping 18, no. 3: 288 – 299. ​

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