Jeffrey Payne

Jeffrey Payne currently serves as the manager of academic affairs at the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies. As a longtime Asia hand, Payne conducts analysis on Chinese foreign policy, Eurasian security, maritime security and international political economy. He resides in the Washington, DC area.

Do China’s Peacekeeping Operations Enhance its Global Reputation?

August 22, 2017

The People’s Liberation Army has proved to be an effective tool by which to change perceptions about China’s role in the world. China aspires for global leadership, but its intentions have often been undercut by its own reputation. Mercantilist, free-rider and, more recently, aggressive are a few of the labels...

Joint Sea 2016 is About the South China Sea

September 20, 2016

Recent war games between China and Russia are a statement more about China’s commitment to its claims in the South China Sea and less about a rising partnership between Beijing and Moscow. Elements of the Chinese and Russian navies just completed an eight-day joint exercise in the South China Sea....

China Sets Up Shop in Africa

September 14, 2016

China’s military strategy takes a substantial leap with the construction of its first overseas military installation in Djibouti. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China will soon take control of a dual-use port facility in Djibouti. Designed to serve both military and civilian functions—thus the moniker of dual use—the naval...

China is Diving into the Gulf, But For How Long?

August 15, 2016

It’s getting harder for Beijing to sell the story of non-interference in affairs of sovereign states. Like most other major global powers that have preceded it, China is becoming entangled in the Middle East. A friendlier region to its interests than its own neighborhood in East Asia, China found in...