Jeffrey Engstrom

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Senior Policy Analyst
Washington Office

Education

M.P.P. in public policy, University of Chicago; B.A. in political science and international studies, University of Nebraska

Overview

Jeffrey Engstrom specializes in Asia-Pacific security issues and foreign policy. His recent work has focused on Chinese conventional and nuclear capabilities, East Asian force projection, and partnership capacity building.

Before joining the RAND Corporation, Engstrom was a defense policy analyst at SAIC where, in addition to researching East Asian military capabilities, he also developed expertise in war gaming. Prior to his work at SAIC, Engstrom served as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Engstrom received his B.A. in political science and international studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an M.P.P. from the University of Chicago.

Selected Publications

Michael S. Chase, Jeffrey Engstrom, et al., China's Incomplete Military Transformation: Assessing the Weaknesses of the People's Liberation Army (PLA), RAND Corporation (RR-893), 2015

Jeffrey Engstrom, "Taking Disaster Seriously: East Asian Military Responses to International Disaster Relief and the Implications for Force Projection," Asian Security, 9(1):38-61, 2013

Jeffrey Engstrom, "PLA's Growing Force Projection Capabilities," China Brief, 10(25):7-10, 2010

Honors & Awards

  • RAND Silver Medal Award, RAND Corporation, Office of the President

Commentary

  • People's Liberation Army soldiers take part in a search and rescue exercise near Qilian Yu subgroup in the Paracel Islands, known in China as Xisha Islands, South China Sea, July 14, 2016

    China's Military Reorganization Aims to Tighten Party Control and Strengthen the PLA's Warfighting Capabilities

    Xi Jinping's reforms could result in a leaner, more combat-effective PLA that presents a more potent challenge to China's neighbors and to U.S. interests. But even successful reforms will not guarantee victory on the battlefield, and any hypothetical conflict involving the U.S. would carry tremendous risks.

    Sep 6, 2016 ChinaFile

  • PLA soldiers march ahead of the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference at Tiananmen Sqaure in Beijing, March 3, 2015

    China's Incomplete Military Transformation

    Although the People's Liberation Army has made impressive progress over the past 20 years, it still suffers from a number of potentially serious problems. Understanding its weaknesses — particularly what PLA officers themselves see as the most important shortcomings — is just as critical as studying its strengths.

    Mar 18, 2015 China Policy Institute Blog

Publications