China Security Project

Joint project by MERICS and IISS

The focus of China’s foreign and security policies is shifting outward. As Beijing seeks to engage in the international security arena as a key military and political stakeholder, China is increasingly shaping power balances in the Asia-Pacific and beyond. The China Security Project is an innovative collaboration between the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

Launched in October 2017, the China Security Project brings together the two institutes’ strengths in China analysis and security-related research. The project aims to address China’s defence and security policy, diplomatic initiatives, indigenous defence industry, hard power capabilities, military operations, as well as the domestic drivers of Beijing’s changing policies, through a variety of publications, in-depth analyses and public events, revolving around a biannual tracker of China’s policies, strategies and activities in the security arena. The institutes offer a wealth of knowledge, utilize Chinese language research and provide meaningful insight to answer the fundamental question: how is China’s role in the international security arena changing, and why?

The China Security Project is run by two lead researchers, MERICS analyst Helena Legarda and the IISS London’s Research Fellow for Chinese Defence Policy and Military Modernisation Meia Nouwens.