Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga

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 One Belt One Road, 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) under Wang Jisi and Zhu Feng, 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, a Pacific Forum CSIS Young Leader, and a Student Ambassador for the 100,000 Strong Foundation. He was selected as one of the 25 Under 25 top rising scholars on U.S.-China relations by Yale University's China Hands magazine in 2013. 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 universities in five cities throughout China.


  • 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