Jennifer M. Lind

|Associate Professor
Academic Appointments
  • Associate Professor of Government

  • Faculty Associate, Reischauer Insitute for Japanese Studies, Harvard University

  • Research Associate, Chatham House, London

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(603) 646-2282
Silsby, Room 219
HB 6108




The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding


  • B.A. University of California at Berkeley
  • M.I.A., University of California at San Diego
  • Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Selected Publications

  • BOOK: Sorry States: Apologies in International Politics (Cornell University Press, 2008).

  • "Is Japan 'Back'? Measuring Nationalism and Military Assertiveness in Asia's Other Great Power," Journal of East Asian Studies (2021). With Chikako Kawakatsu Ueki.

  • "Narratives and International Reconciliation." Journal of Global Security Studies (2020)

  • “Markets or Mercantilism: How China Secures its Oil Supplies,” International Security, Vol. 42, no. 4. (2018). With Daryl G. Press.

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Works In Progress

  • Book project: Authoritarians at the Cutting Edge: China, Innovation, and the Future Balance of Power.

    Many critics argue that China faces a massive wealth and technological gap between itself and the United States, and that it will be unable to close this gap because of its authoritarian institutions. In this book I argue that the gap has already closed -- that China is a peer competitor of the United States -- and that it has succeeded at this through "smart authoritarianism," which fosters economic growth and innovation.

  • "Comparing National Power in an Age of Transition"

  • "Demographics and Great-Power Rise."

  • “The External Sources of Rising State Strength." With Joshua Itzkowitz Shifrinson.

  • "Can China Fight? Assessing China's Military Effectiveness." With Eric Hundman.

Selected writings in the popular press

"Japan must disavow pacifism and embrace collective defense," Nikkei Weekly, June 18, 2021 (with Elbridge Colby).

"With US help, Japan’s stance towards China hardens," Financial Times, April 21, 2021. 

Is Playing Tough in China’s Interest?” Room for Debate, New York Times, August 23, 2016.

The Presidential Path to Hiroshima,” Foreign Affairs, April 8, 2016.

Japan’s Security Evolution, Not Revolution,” Wall St. Journal, July 21, 2015.