Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga

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Policy Analyst
Washington Office


MSc in international affairs, London School of Economics and Political Science; M.A. in international affairs, Peking University; B.A. in International Affairs and Chinese Language and Culture, The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs


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. He has also 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).

Beauchamp-Mustafaga graduated from the dual-degree MSc in International Affairs program at the London School of Economics and Peking University, and earned a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Chinese Language and Literature from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. He is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and a Pacific Forum CSIS Young Leader. In total, Beauchamp-Mustafaga lived in China for over three years and completed a year each of high school, university and master's education at seven schools in five cities throughout China.

Selected Publications

Michael J. Mazarr, Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga et al, Hostile Social Manipulation: Present Realities and Emerging Trends, RAND Corporation (RR-2713-OSD), 2019

Derek Grossman, Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga, Logan Ma and Michael S. Chase, China's Long-Range Bomber Flights: Drivers and Implications, RAND Corporation (RR-2567), 2018

Mark Cozad and Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga, People's Liberation Army Air Force Operations over Water: Maintaining Relevance in China's Changing Security Environment, RAND Corporation (RR-2057-AF), 2017

Michael S. Chase, Cristina L. Garafola, and Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga, "Chinese Perceptions of and Responses to U.S. Conventional Military Power," Asian Security, 2017

Zhu Feng and Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga "North Korea's Security Implications for China," in Carla Freeman, ed., China and North Korea: Strategic and Policy Perspectives from a Changing China, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015

Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga, Deciphering PLA Media Commentaries on North Korea: Going Rogue or Staying on Script, Korea Economic Institute of America, 2015

Honors & Awards

  • 2018 Spotlight Award, Arroyo Center, RAND Corporation


Mandarin Chinese


  • A Chinese military plane H-6 bomber flies over the Pacific October 27, 2013

    Chinese Bomber Flights Around Taiwan: For What Purpose?

    Recent bomber flights near Taiwan represent the most concerted training regimen yet aimed at improving Chinese airpower. China seeks to enhance the PLA Air Force's capabilities and signal Beijing's will to defend its territorial claims against the U.S. and its regional allies and partners, especially Taiwan and Japan.

    Sep 13, 2017 War on the Rocks

  • A People's Liberation Army Air Force's long-range strategic bomber H-6K

    China Signals Resolve with Bomber Flights Over the South China Sea

    Since the PCA tribunal ruled in favor of the Philippines' case on July 12, invalidating many of China's claims in the South China Sea, Beijing has sought to demonstrate its military strength in the region. The PLAAF's H-6K has played a key role.

    Aug 2, 2016 War on the Rocks