South China Sea Think Tank is an international network of researchers, policymakers, government and military officials, and postgraduate students. The diversity of our membership helps us to remain one of the only truly independent, non-profit organizations focusing on South China Sea issues.


Fu-Kuo Liu (劉復國) is the Executive Director of the Taiwan Center for Security Studies and a Research Fellow at the Institute of International Relations.

Tiehlin Yen (閻鐵麟) is a retired Captain of the ROC Navy and a Deputy Executive Director of the Taiwan Center for Security Studies at the Institute of International Relations.

Richard Hu (胡瑞舟) is a retired Major General of the ROC Army, Deputy Executive Director of the Taiwan Center for Security Studies at the Institute of International Relations, Assistant Professor at National Chengchi University’s Department of Diplomacy, and professor at National Defense University in Taiwan.

Raviprasad Narayanan is an Assistant Research Fellow at the Institute of International Relations.

Anne Hsiu-an Hsiao (蕭琇安) is an Associate Research Fellow with the Division of American and European Studies at the Institute of International Relations.

Kuan-Hsiung Wang (王冠雄) is a Professor with the Graduate Institute of Political Science at National Taiwan Normal University.

Michael Gau (高聖惕) is a Professor with the Institute of the Law of the Sea at National Taiwan Ocean University.


Jonathan Spangler is the Director of the South China Sea Think Tank and President of the Asia-Pacific Policy Research Association. His primary research interests include Asia-Pacific regional security, maritime territorial disputes, and cross-strait relations.

Deputy Directors

Olga Daksueva is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Program of Social Innovation Leadership and PhD student in International Doctoral Program in Asia-Pacific Studies at National Chengchi University. Her research interests include the South China Sea, India’s Look East policy, and international relations of the Asia Pacific.

Moises Lopes de Souza is a Researcher in Asia Studies at the International Relations Research Center of the University of São Paulo and an Associate Researcher at the Center of Latin-America Economy and Trade Studies at Chihlee Institute of Technology in Taipei. His research focuses on Chinese foreign policy and maritime territorial disputes in East Asia. He is a PhD Candidate at National Chengchi University, Taiwan.

Researchers (Non-resident)

James Borton is a faculty associate at the Walker Institute at the University of South Carolina and a non-resident fellow at the Saigon Center for International Studies at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Ho Chi Minh City.

Alex Calvo is a guest professor at Nagoya University (Japan), focusing on security and defence policy, international law, and military history in the Indian-Pacific Ocean Region. A member of the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC), he is currently writing a book about Asia’s role and contribution to the Allied victory in the Great War.

Serafettin Yilmaz is a researcher at Shandong University’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Jinan, China. He received his PhD from the International Doctoral Program in Asia-Pacific Studies at National Chengchi University and worked as a researcher at Academia Sinica in Taiwan. His research interests include critical IR theory, China’s foreign policy and major power relations, comparative regionalism, and maritime and energy security. His most recent publications have appeared in Issues and Studies, International Journal of China Studies, and Journal of Chinese Political Science. He can be reached at


Dean Karalekas is an Adjunct Professor in the College of Social Sciences at National Chengchi University and the Co-founder and Associate Editor of Strategic Vision for Taiwan Security, published by the Center for Security Studies and the National Defense University of the ROC. His research interests focus on emergency and disaster management and civil-military relations. He spent several years as a journalist, teacher, and immigration consultant in East Asia.


Rangga Aditya Elias

Mark Henderson

Aaron Jensen

Wolfgang Pape

Richard Q. Turcsanyi


Sam Bateman

Jay L. Batongbacal

James Borton

Alex Calvo

Chen-Ju Chen (陳貞如)

Gregory Coutaz

Olga Daksueva

Do Viet Cuong

Senia Febrica

Richard Javad Heydarian

Nong Hong (洪农)

Richard Hu (胡瑞舟)

Natalie Klein

Fu-Kuo Liu (劉復國)

Xinchang Liu

Moises Lopes de Souza

Raviprasad Narayanan

Raul (Pete) Pedrozo

Sumathy Permal

Carlos Santamaria

Jonathan Spangler

Tsung-Han Tai (戴宗翰)

Mark Valencia

Chris Whomersley

Shicun Wu (吴士存)

Tiehlin Yen (閻鐵麟)

Serafettin Yilmaz

Sukjoon Yoon

Li-chung Yuan (袁力強)

Feng Zhu (朱锋)

Keyuan Zou (邹克渊)


Xiaoli Jin (金小力), Summer 2016

Manuel Modoni, Summer 2016

Chutian Zhou (周楚天), Fall 2016

Jingxi Zhao (赵竟希), Fall 2016

Qiuyi Wang (王秋怡), Fall 2016

Quoc Le Anh Do, Winter 2016–17

Christoph Brauer, Winter 2016–17

YingHui Lee (李颖慧), Spring 2017

Kate Louis Matriano, Spring 2017

Xiaoyu Zhao (赵晓宇), Spring 2017

Robert Jarvis, Spring 2017

Tomas Jevsejevas, Spring 2017

Joshua Bertin, Summer 2017

Nathan Paul, Summer 2017

Michelle Verbeek, Summer 2017

Bailey Reed, Fall 2017

Jared Silber, Winter 2017–18

Andrew Bavelock, Winter 2017–18

Rachel Hutchison, Spring 2018

Suebin Park, Spring 2018

Colby Berry, Spring 2018

Yifei Dong, Spring 2018

Zilu Zeng, Spring 2018

Lise Audet, Spring 2018

Peter Morton, Summer 2018

Zan Jin, Summer 2018

David Bradshaw, Summer 2018

Nicholas Stores, Summer 2018

Astrid Vertneg, Fall 2018


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