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Selected Publications


Xinru Ma and David C. Kang, “Why Vietnam is not balancing China: Vietnamese security priorities and the dynamics of the Sino-Vietnamese relationship,” Journal of East Asian Studies (2023), pp. 1-24. doi:10.1017/jea.2023.16

David C. Kang, “Still Getting Asia Wrong: No “Contain China” Coalition Exists.” The Washington Quarterly 45, no. 4 (Winter 2023).


Xinru Ma and David C. Kang, “Toward Measuring Free-Riding: Counterfactuals, Alliances, and U.S.-Philippine Relations,” Journal of Global Security Studies 8, no. 1 (2022).


Chin-Hao Huang and David C. Kang, “State Formation in Korea and Japan, 400-800CE: Emulation and Learning, not Bellicist Competition,” International Organization 76, no. 1 (2022), 1-31. doi:10.1017/S0020818321000254


David C. Kang, “International Order in Historical East Asia: Tribute and Hierarchy Beyond Sinocentrism and Eurocentrism,” International Organization 74, no. 1 (Winter 2020), pp. 65–93.

David C. Kang, “Thought Games About China,” Journal of East Asian Studies 20, no. 2 (July 2020), pp. 135–150. Part of the roundtable “Power Shifts: Connecting IR Theory with the Chinese Case.”


David C. Kang, Alex Yu-Ting Lin, "U.S. Bias in the Study of Asian Security: Using Europe to Study Asia," Journal of Global Security Studies 4, no. 3 (July 2019), pp. 393–401.

David C. Kang, Dat X. Nguyen, Ronan Tse-min Fu, and Meredith Shaw, “War, Rebellion, and Intervention under Hierarchy: Vietnam–China Relations, 1365 to 1841,” Journal of Conflict Resolution 63, no. 4 (April 2019), pp. 896–922.


David C. Kang and Xinru Ma, “Power Transitions: Thucydides Didn't Live in East Asia,” The Washington Quarterly vol. 41, issue 1 (2018).


David C. Kang, Ronan Tse-min Fu, and Meredith Shaw, “Measuring War in Early Modern East Asia: Introducing Chinese and Korean Language Sources,” International Studies Quarterly 60, no. 4 (December 2016), pp. 766-777.


David C. Kang, “Why Was There no Religious War in Premodern East Asia?European Journal of International Relations 20, no. 4 (2014), pp. 965-986. Reprinted in Ron Hassner and Isak Svensson, eds., International Relations and Religion (SAGE, 2016).


David C. Kang, "Getting Asia Wrong: The Need for New Analytical Frameworks," International Security 27, no. 4 (2003), pp. 57–85.

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