Eric Chan is a non-resident research fellow at GTI. He is the senior Korea/China strategist at the US Air Force’s
Checkmate Directorate, where he provides USAF and Department of Defense leadership with
expertise on DPRK/PRC military capabilities, political leadership, strategic culture, and Great Power
Mr. Chan was previously the China, Korea, Philippines, and Vietnam Country Director at the
Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs. In this role, Mr. Chan was responsible for USAF
engagement with the Chinese Air Force, and for directing engagement/Foreign Military Sales with
key allies and partners, with a portfolio in excess of $100 million. Mr. Chan has also served as an
analyst in Headquarters Air Force, A10 (Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration), providing
expertise on PRC nuclear doctrine.
Mr. Chan has published widely on Chinese influence operations/information warfare, Taiwan military
reform, military diplomacy with the PLA, and the strategic balance in East Asia. He has written for
publications including the USAF Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs, The Diplomat, War on the Rocks,
and the Foreign Policy Research Centre New Delhi Journal.
Mr Chan holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University and
a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science/History from the University of California, San Diego.