Nadège Rolland is Distinguished Fellow, China Studies, at the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), an American private think-tank based in Seattle and Washington, D.C.
Her research focuses mainly on China’s foreign and defense policy, grand strategy, and the articulation of China’s vision for itself as a great power on the world stage.
Her 2017 book China’s Eurasian Century? Political and Strategic Implications of the Belt and Road Initiative is the first Western analysis to examine the strategic thought and drivers behind the BRI, based on Chinese language sources. She also authored “China’s Vision for a New World Order” (2020), and edited several multi-authored volumes, including “Securing the Belt and Road Initiative: China’s Evolving Military Engagement Along the Silk Roads” (2019), “An Emerging China-Centric Order: China’s Vision for a New World Order in Practice” (2020).
Her most recent project examines where the African continent fits in relation to China’s overall strategic vision and identifies the main instruments used by Beijing to achieve its objectives. “A New Great Game? Situating Africa in China’s Strategic Thinking,” published in June 2021, is the first of a series of reports she edited: “(In)Roads and Outposts: Critical Infrastructure in China’s Africa Strategy” (2022) and “Political Front Lines: China’s Pursuit of Influence in Africa” (2022).
Her articles and essays have appeared in a number of international publications, newspapers, and academic journals.
Prior to joining the NBR, Rolland served for two decades as an analyst and Senior Advisor on Asian and Chinese strategic issues to the French Ministry of Defense, for which she has been awarded the Medal of Honor.
She holds a MA in China studies (summa cum laude) from the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations and a MSc in strategic studies (summa cum laude) from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. She is also a National Taiwan Normal University alumna.
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