ERIC HEGINBOTHAM is a principal research scientist at MIT’s Security Studies Program and a specialist in Asian security issues. Before joining MIT, he was a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, where he led research projects on China, Japan, and regional security issues and regularly briefed senior military, intelligence, and political leaders. Prior to that he was a Senior Fellow of Asian Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. After graduating from Swarthmore College, Heginbotham earned his Ph.D. in political science from MIT. He is fluent in Chinese and Japanese, and was a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Heginbotham was the lead author of the recently released RAND U.S.-China Military Scorecard, and a forthcoming RAND study on China's Evolving Nuclear Deterrent. Heginbotham has published numerous articles in Foreign Affairs, International Security, Washington Quarterly, Current History, and elsewhere. He is currently working on a study of Japanese military options for the 21st century.
Eric Heginbotham and Richard Samuels, How to Get China to Use Its Leverage against North Korea, The National Interest, September 18, 2016
Eric Heginbotham and Richard Samuels, "Poor Substitute: No Japanese Submarines Down Under," Foreign Affairs, May 3, 2016
Eric Heginbotham and Jacob Heim, "Deterrence without Dominance: Discouraging Chinese Adventurism under Austerity," Washington Quarterly, Spring 2015
Eric Heginbotham and Jacob Heim, "Whither the PLA: External Drivers," Whither the PLA, U.S. Army War College, 2015
Eric Heginbotham and George Gilboy, "Double Trouble: A Realist View of Chinese and Indian Power," Washington Quarterly, Summer 2013
Podcast: “The U.S.-China Military Scorecard: Who’s on Top?” Council on Foreign Relations, March 23, 2016.
Podcast: “United States and China: Trends in Military Competition,” Briefing to Congress, October 5, 2015 (available on iTunes).