J. Michael Cole is a Taipei-based policy analyst. He is a senior advisor on Countering Foreign Authoritarian Influence (CFAI) at International Republican Institute (IRI); senior non-resident fellow with GTI; senior non-resident fellow with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute in Ottawa, Canada; senior non-resident fellow with the Taiwan Studies Programme at the University of Nottingham, UK; and a research associate with the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China. From 2014-2016, he was an employee of the Thinking Taiwan Foundation, a think tank founded by Tsai Ing-wen where he was chief editor of Thinking Taiwan. He was deputy news chief and a columnist/reporter at the Taipei Times from 2006-2013. Prior to relocating to Taiwan in 2005, he was an intelligence officer with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) in Ottawa. He has a master’s degree in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. His work has appeared in a variety of publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, South China Morning Post, Christian Science Monitor, Nikkei Asia, Globe and Mail, Lowy Interpreter, National Interest, China Brief, the Age, Jane’s Defence Weekly, CNN, Brookings Taiwan-US Quarterly, and others. He is a regular commentator on Al Jazeera, BBC News, CNN, VOA and others, and is a consultant for various governments and the defense industry. He is the author of seven books. His latest, Cross-Strait Relations Since 2016: The End of the Illusion (Routledge) and Insidious Power: How China Undermines Global Democracy (Eastbridge), co-edited with Dr. Hsu Szu-chien, were both published in 2020.