Eric Heginbotham is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation specializing in East Asian security issues. He has recently led RAND projects assessing U.S. engagement opportunities and challenges in Southeast Asia and on U.S. and Chinese relative military capabilities. Heginbotham has co-authored or edited several books, most recently Chinese and Indian Strategic Behavior: Growing Power and Alarm (Cambridge University Press, 2012), and has published articles on Japanese and Chinese foreign policy and strategic issues in Foreign Affairs, International Security, Current History, and The National Interest.
Before coming to RAND in 2005, Heginbotham was a senior fellow of Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He taught as a visiting faculty member of Boston College's Political Science Department and served for 16 years in the U.S. Army Reserves and National Guard. He is fluent in Japanese and Chinese. Heginbotham received his B.A. from Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Previous PositionsSenior Fellow of Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
- Chinese foreign policymaking
- Comparison of Chinese and Indian international behavior
Joshua Eisenman et al., eds., China and the Developing World: Beijing's Strategy for the Twenty-First Century, East Gate Books, 2007
Eric Heginbotham and Christopher P. Twomey, "America's Bismarckian Asia Policy," Current History, 2005
Morton I. Abramowitz et al., M.E. Sharpe, Meeting the North Korean Nuclear Challenge: Report of an Independent Task Force, Council on Foreign Relations Press, 2004
George J. Gilboy and Eric Heginbotham, "The Latin Americanization of China?" Current History, 2004
Eric Heginbotham and Richard J. Samuels, "Japan's Dual Hedge," Foreign Affairs, 2002
Recent Media Appearances
Interviews: The Australian; Business Week; Christian Science Monitor; CNN; Japan Times; NPR; Voice of America; Washington Times