Timothy R. Heath

Timothy R. Heath
Senior International/Defense Researcher


Ph.D. in political science, George Mason University; M.A. in Asian studies, George Washington University; B.A. in philosophy, College of William and Mary

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Timothy R. Heath is a senior international defense researcher at RAND. Prior to joining RAND, Heath had over fifteen years of experience in the U.S. government researching and analyzing military and political topics related to China.

In addition to his publications with RAND, Heath has published numerous articles and two books. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, he has extensive experience analyzing China's national strategy, politics, ideology, and military, as well as Asian regional security developments. He has a Ph.D. in political science from George Mason University and an M.A. in Asian studies from The George Washington University. 

Selected Publications

Timothy R. Heath, The Autocrat's Predicament: The Political Peril of Economic Upgrade in Single Party Authoritarian Regimes, Lexington Books, 2023

"U.S.-China Strategic Rivalry: Great Power Competition in the Post-Industrial Age," in Lowell Dittmer (ed.), New Asian Disorder: Rivalries Embroiling the Pacific Century, Hong Kong University Press, 2022

Timothy R. Heath, China's New Governing Party Paradigm: Political Renewal and the Pursuit of National Rejuvenation, Ashgate, 2014

Timothy R. Heath, "China's Evolving Approach to Economic Diplomacy," Asia Policy, 22(2), 2016

Timothy R. Heath, William R. Thompson, "Avoiding U.S.-China Rivalry is Futile: Why the Best Option is to Manage Strategic Rivalry," Asian Policy, 13(2), 2018

Timothy R. Heath, "Dispute Control: China Recalibrates Use of Military Force to Support Security Policy's Expanding Focus," Journal of Social, Political, and Economic Studies, 43(1-2), 2018

Timothy R. Heath, "What Does China Want? Discerning the PRC's National Strategy," Asian Security, 8(1), 2012


Chinese; French

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: AlArabiya.net; al-Watan, Egypt; ARD News, Germany; Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, CSIS; BBC World Service; Bloomberg Television EMEA; The Bunker; Channel News Asia; CNBC Online; CNN; CTV News, Canada; Defense & Aerospace Report; The Diplomat; Dwnews, China; FOX News Channel; Gray DC; Here and There, Santa Fe Public Radio; Independent Journal Review; La Razon; Maritime Security; Morning Edition; Newsy; Phoenix TV, China; Radio Free Asia; The Red Line; The Ross Kaminsky Show; Sinovision; South China Morning Post; The Spectator, UK; TaiwanPlus; tbs eFM 101.3MHz - Seoul, S. Korea; Thanh Niên Daily, Vietnam; Voice of America; Voice of America Chinese; Voice of America Russian; WhoWhatWhy; World Politics Review; WXPI Pittsburgh