Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Yanan Song

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Department of Politics and International Studies Lecturer in Global Politics Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy Programme Convenor (MA International Studies and Diplomacy) Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy China Institute Academic Staff, SOAS China Institute Deputy Director for ODL programmes Programme Convenor MA Global Diplomacy: East Asia (ODL)
Department of Politics and International Studies
PhD (Durham), MSc (UCL)
Russell Square, College Buildings
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Dr Yanan Song is a Lecturer in Global politics at SOAS University of London. Prior to joining SOAS she was a Lecturer in International Relations at University of Exeter. She had her PhD degree in Politics at Durham University, and completed her MSc in International Public Policy at University College London (UCL).

Her research has a strong focus on US foreign policy, with a particular interest in the US commitment to NATO in the post-Cold War period. Her work extensively explores the operations in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Libya, and Ukraine, applying a ‘foreign policy analysis’ approach, with a particular emphasis on intra administration bureaucratic politics.

Yanan is currently also working on key issue areas in the US-China relations in need of greater mutual understanding, with a particular interest in the reconfiguration of the bilateral relationship.

Key publications

Book: The US Commitment to NATO in the Post-Cold War Period, Palgrave Macmillan.

Article: ‘The US Commitment to NATO in the Post-Cold War Period – A Case Study on Libya’, Journal of Transatlantic Studies, 14:1, pp. 83-113.

‘Covid-19: The New US-China Battlefield’, SIS Series, 2020

Research interests

Yanan’s current research project focuses on US-China relations in the context of One Belt One Road. It seeks to understand how the US and China see each other especially how mis/perception and mis/interpretation of the other side’s policy shapes its own strategy. This research will prompt a discussion of ‘Trilateral Relations’ incorporating case studies on US-China-recipients’ relations to address the impact of the ‘bilateral relations’ between Washington and Beijing


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