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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host virtual launch for the Foreign Policy Institute's latest policy paper, "Borrowing a Boat Out to Sea: The Chinese Military's Use of Social Media for Influence Operations," on April 13

Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) will host a virtual launch for "Borrowing a Boat Out to Sea: The Chinese Military's Use of Social Media for Influence Operations,” a policy paper presented by the school’s Foreign Policy Institute (FPI). This is event is hosted by FPI and the school’s China Studies program.
“Borrowing a Boat Out to Sea: The Chinese Military's Use of Social Media for Influence Operations,” details how the Chinese military, known as the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), employs social media  to advance its objectives. During the event, the paper’s authors, Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga, policy analyst at RAND Corporation, and Michael S. Chase, an FPI fellow and senior political scientist at RAND Corporation, will participate in a discussion moderated by Nadège Rolland, Senior Fellow for Political and Security Affairs at National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), focused on the need for the U.S. government and wider policy community to understand how the Chinese military views social media as a tool for influence and broader information operations at home and abroad.
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Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga
Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation
Michael S. Chase
Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute, Johns Hopkins SAIS
Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation
Nadège Rolland
Senior Fellow for Political and Security Affairs, National Bureau of Asian Research
Time and Date
12:15 p.m. ET
Monday, April 13, 2020
The virtual launch is open to the public and media, with registration, but will not be recorded for future viewing.
Media Contacts
Miji Bell
Director of Communications and Media Relations
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 587-3205
Jason Lucas
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
+1 (202) 663-5620
About the Speakers
Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga is a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, where he focuses on Asian security issues. His research interests include Chinese foreign policy, China-North Korea relations, China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and the Korean Peninsula. Prior to joining RAND, Beauchamp-Mustafaga was the editor of China Brief at The Jamestown Foundation, a biweekly publication focusing on strategic China-related issues utilizing indigenous language sources.
Beauchamp-Mustafaga has spent time with the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the Center for International and Strategic Studies at Peking University (CISS), and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC). He is also a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and a Pacific Forum CSIS Young Leader.
Michael S. Chase is a fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute and an adjunct professor in the China Studies and Strategic Studies Departments at Johns Hopkins SAIS. A specialist in China and Asia-Pacific security issues, Chase is also a senior political scientist at RAND. His current research focuses on Chinese military modernization, China's approach to strategic deterrence and China's strategic weapons programs, China's nuclear policy and strategy and nuclear force modernization, Taiwan's defense policy, and Asia-Pacific security issues.
Chase was previously an associate professor at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, Rhode Island, where he served as director of the strategic deterrence group in the Warfare Analysis and Research Department and taught in the Strategy and Policy Department. Prior to joining the faculty at NWC, he was a research analyst at Defense Group Inc. and an associate international policy analyst at RAND. He is the author of the book “Taiwan's Security Policy” and numerous chapters and articles on China and Asia-Pacific security issues. His work has appeared in journals such as Asia Policy, Asian Security, China Brief, Survival, and the Journal of Strategic Studies.
Nadège Rolland is a Senior Fellow for Political and Security Affairs at the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR). Her research focuses mainly on China’s foreign and defense policy and the changes in regional dynamics across Eurasia resulting from the rise of China. Drawing on her 20 years of experience as a French government official, she also examines the prospects for transatlantic cooperation in research and policy related to Asia. Prior to joining NBR, Rolland was an analyst and senior adviser on Asian and Chinese strategic issues to the French Ministry of Defense from 1994 to 2014 and a research analyst for the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) from 2007 to 2008.
Rolland is the author of the book “China’s Eurasian Century? Political and Strategic Implications of the Belt and Road Initiative.” Her articles have appeared in various publications, including the Washington Quarterly, Foreign Policy, the Diplomat, the Asan Open Forum, the Lowy Institute Interpreter, and Strategic Asia, and her comments have been published by the Wall Street Journal, Libération, Les Echos, the Indian National Interest, Radio Free Asia, and BBC World Service.
About Foreign Policy Institute
The Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute (FPI) was established in 1980 to unite the worlds of scholarship and policy in the search for realistic answers to international issues facing the United States and the world. FPI seeks to advance practically oriented research and discussion about foreign policy. To this end, it organizes research initiatives and study groups, and hosts leaders from around the world as resident or non-resident fellows in fields including international policy, business, journalism, and academia. Read more about FPI here:
About Johns Hopkins SAIS China Studies program
The Johns Hopkins SAIS China Studies program offers a nuanced understanding of China's political and economic system in contemporary and historical context. Its dynamic curriculum covers topics including Chinese leadership, economic and political reform, Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations, environmental challenges, military power, and the country’s growing role in Africa and beyond.
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school's interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.
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