Gregory Kulacki

China project manager and senior analyst

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Dr. Kulacki received his Ph.D. In Government and Politics from the University of Maryland in 1994. He was the China Director for the Council on International Educational Exchange, an Associate Professor at Green Mountain College and the Director of External Studies at Pitzer College. He joined UCS in 2002. His research focuses on China’s nuclear arms control policy and US extended nuclear deterrence policy in East Asia, where Gregory has lived and worked for the better part of the last thirty years. Areas of expertise: Chinese nuclear weapons policy, China’s space program, cross-cultural communication. Gregory also blogs on the Equation.

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The US Senate Declares Cold War on China

The most costly mistake the US government made during the Cold War was to see everything that happened in the world as part of a contest for global supremacy. The Strategic Competition Act of 2021 makes the same mistake. The Senate bill mandates a “whole of government” effort to confront an “illiberal and authoritarian” China everywhere, all the time, until it is defeated. If it becomes law, the next generation of Americans will be forced to set aside domestic priorities to fight a foreign mirage.
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The Top Ten US Questions about China in the Year of the Ox

As we begin the Year of the Ox and a new US administration settles into office, China looms large in the US imagination. Many people seem worried about the future of the US relationship with one of the world’s largest countries, where nearly one-fifth of humanity appears to be enjoying a growing economy and improving technology under a communist government. Read More

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The 2020 Election’s October Surprise Could Be a Crisis in the Taiwan Strait

Earlier this month China sent 18 military aircraft into the skies near Taiwan. This exceptional maneuver came fast on the heels of naval drills near the island and an uptick in Chinese military exercises throughout East Asia.

The Chinese Ministry of National Defense issued a stern warning to the United States and Taiwan.

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Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon and Deng Xiaoping during the state dinner for the Vice Premier of China.

Council on Foreign Relations Gives Terrible Advice on Taiwan and China

Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, recently called for a major change in US policy towards Taiwan. He wants the United States to provide the island with a guarantee of US military protection from China. He argues it is the best way to keep the peace. He’s wrong.

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What is the Secret Agreement between the United States and China on Taiwan?

US President Richard Nixon told Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai the United States recognized Taiwan was a part of China. Nixon made the statement during secret talks conducted during his historic visit to China in 1972. But what Nixon said in secret was intentionally obscured in the joint communiqué the two governments issued after the talks concluded.

This extraordinary act of deception, mistakenly heralded as an act of diplomatic genius, created a long-lived misunderstanding about US policy towards Taiwan that continues to poison US-China relations to this day.

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