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James Nolt

Senior Fellow

Expertise: U.S.-East Asia relations; International political economy

Dr. James H. Nolt has been a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute for 22 years and is an adjunct associate professor of international relations at New York University. He recently completed a book, International Political Economy: The Business of War and Peace, published by Routledge Press. His core research interest is the influence of business, especially finance, on international relations. He has also published a number of articles about the Chinese military and the East Asian military balance and the prospects of an economic crisis in China. Professor Nolt recently lived in China for seven years as founding campus dean of a joint venture college and later associate professor of management there. He has also taught at the New School University, graduate and undergraduate faculty, Seton Hall University, and Vanderbilt University. He has a PhD in political science from the University of Chicago and an MA in economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has been writing a weekly blog for two years.

Honors & Affiliations: 
Recipient of research grants from the Rockefeller Archives Center, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, Eisenhower World Affairs Institute; Phi BetaKappa

Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Chicago
M.A. in Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Graduate study in Political Science, Stanford University
B.A. with honors in Economics and Political Science, Ohio State University

German, Indonesian (proficient); French, Spanish (reading, writing); Chinese (elementary)   



International Political Economy: The Business of War and Peace

Routledge, 2015.

"Conclusion: The Future of Contested Social Orders," in Contested Social Orders and International Politics
edited by David Skidmore
Vanderbilt Univ. Press, 1997

Crises and the Myth of the Money Supply,” Class, Race and Corporate Power (2015).

China's Looming Economic Crisis,” Foreign Policy in Focus, Nov. 17, 2011.

Counterproductive Olympic Protests” for Foreign Policy in Focus, May 13, 2008.

"Strategic Partnership or Strategic Competition?" Foreign Policy in Focus, Dec. 1, 2006.

"The Pentagon Plays Its China Card," World Policy Journal, Vo. 22, No. 3, 2005.

"Liberalizing Asia," World Policy Journal, Vol. 16, No. 2, 1999.

"US-China Security Relations," In Focus: Foreign Policy Briefs, 1998.
"Social Order and War: Thucydides, Aristotle, and a Critique of Modern     Realism," published in Japanese in the Proceedings of the International     Studies Association Convention,1997.
"Business Conflict and the Demise of Imperialism," and "The Future of Contested Social Orders," in David Skidmore, ed., Contested Social       Orders and International Politics (Vanderbilt University Press, 1997
"Imperialism" and "Sanctions" in Survey of Social Science: Government and Politics (Salem Press, 1995)
Nolt has presented more than a dozen papers at conferences in the United States, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and Mexico. 
James Nolt moderated the discussion, "Will China Democratize?" at The New School University, April 13, 2006. Video.


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