Public Engagement

Recent Policy Writing

"Influence Nodes: China's High-Profile Global Development Projects." 2022. In Lucas Myers, ed., Essays on China and U.S. Policy, Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars: 399--423.

Chinese Infrastructure Projects Help Spread Economic Activity in the Global South,” VoxChina, December 29, 2021, with Richard Bluhm, Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, Bradley Parks and Michael Tierney.

"Partnering for Overseas Development: International NGOs’ Changing Engagement with China." Fairbank Center Blog, June 29, 2020, with Wendy Leutert and Elizabeth Plantan.

"Belt and Road Projects Direct Chinese Investment to All Corners of the Globe. What Are the Local Impacts?" The Monkey Cage, September 11, 2018, with Richard Bluhm, Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, Bradley Parks and Michael Tierney.

"China's Foreign Aid Beyond the Headlines." Fairbank Center Blog, February 13, 2018.

"China's Overseas Development Programs: Busting `Rogue Donor' Myths." GlobalDev Blog, February 8, 2018, with Brad Parks, Michael J. Tierney, Axel Dreher and Andreas Fuchs.

"Rogue Agent or Team Player? Beijing’s Motivations for Aid Provision." AidData The First Tranche, February 6, 2018, with Brad Parks, Michael J. Tierney, Axel Dreher and Andreas Fuchs.

"Many in the West Fear Chinese ‘Aid’ to Africa. They’re Wrong. Here’s Why." The Monkey Cage, October 20, 2015, with Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, Bradley Parks, and Michael J. Tierney.

"China’s `Facts of Ground’: Putting Neighbors Between a Rock and a Hard Place." War on the Rocks, March 2, 2015, with Andrew S. Erickson.

Recent Media Engagement (Selected)

Below are links to references to my research in the media or media interviews I have conducted.

The Cable (Nigeria), June 17, 2022

The Print (India), June 8, 2022

South China Morning Post, June 6, 2022

The Guardian, May 29, 2022

The Economist, May 28, 2022

South China Morning Post, March 12, 2022

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, December 17, 2021

NBC News, September 5, 2021

Devex, February 7, 2018

NPR, October 31, 2017

The Atlantic, October 19, 2017

The Atlantic, October 18, 2017

The Economist, October 12, 2017

Associated Press, October 11, 2017

BBC, October 11, 2017

China Daily, October 11, 2017

CNN, October 11, 2017

Foreign Policy, October 11, 2017

New York Times, October 11, 2017

Wall Street Journal, October 11, 2017

Washington Post, October 11, 2017


Recent Public Talks

"Banking on Beijing: The Aims and Impacts of China's Overseas Development Program." University of Hong Kong Faculty of Social Sciences Contemporary China Research Cluster Public Lecture. April 12, 2022









"Banking on Beijing: The Aims and Impacts of China's Overseas Development Program." Boston University Global Development Policy Center. December 15, 2021.