University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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Dr Gregory Moore

Head of the School of International Studies, Associate Professor in International Relations, School of International Studies (on Research Leave, fall/winter 2019-2020)

Gregory Moore

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Ningbo, 315100   

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PhD, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, USA (International Politics, Comparative Politics, East Asia/China)

MA, Woodrow Wilson School of Government, University of Virginia, USA (foreign affairs, comparative government, Africa)

BA, Concordia College, USA (art, English)

Language Study/Study Abroad, Tsinghua University/University of California Berkeley Inter-University Program, Beijing (Mandarin Chinese); Renmin University, Beijing (Mandarin Chinese); Beijing Chinese Language and Culture College, Beijing (Mandarin Chinese); University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (exchange program, part of BA studies)


Gregory J. Moore is Head of the School of International Studies at the University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China (UNNC).  For the fall and winter of 2019-2020 he is on research leave, a fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC. Prior to his arrival at UNNC, he was Professor of International Relations in the Political Science Department in the School of Public Affairs at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China.  Prior to that he taught at Eckerd College, the University of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Renmin University of China, and a number of other Chinese universities. He also served for two years as Assistant Director of the Center for China-United States Relations at the University of Denver.  At UNNC he teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses/modules, as well as guiding doctoral students in their studies.  He is a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations (based in the U.S.)

He did his doctorate at the University of Denver, his master’s degree at the University of Virginia, and his bachelor’ degree at Concordia College (Minnesota), all in the United States.  He is author/editor of North Korean Nuclear Operationality: Regional Security and Non-Proliferation (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014), is putting the finishing touches on a book on the international relations thought of Reinhold Niebuhr, and is working on another book on Sino-American relations.  His articles have appeared in journals such as International Studies Review, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Asian Perspective, the Journal of Contemporary China and the Journal of Chinese Political Science, etc.

Expertise summary

International relations (IR), IR theory, international security, Chinese foreign policy, US foreign policy, Sino-American Relations, China-Japan relations, East Asian IR/security, foreign policy analysis, comparative politics, and the North Korean nuclear issue

Teaching and learning



  • China in International Relations (team taught)
  • Introduction to International Relations (team taught)
  • Dissertation/Preliminary Analysis and Methods (team taught)
  • Quantitative Research Methods (team taught)


  • China in International Relations (team taught)
  • Core Concepts in World Politics and World History (team taught)
  • Research Methods - Qualitative (team taught)


Principle Research Interests

My research interests include international relations (IR), IR theory (constructivism is my own proclivity), international security, Chinese foreign policy, US foreign policy, Sino-American Relations, East Asian IR/security, foreign policy analysis, and the North Korean nuclear issue.  
PhD supervision 
I am happy to supervise PhD theses in international relations (IR), IR theory, international security, Chinese foreign policy, US foreign policy, Sino-American Relations, East Asian IR/security, foreign policy analysis, etc. 



- An International Relations Research Methods Toolkit (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, under contract and forthcoming, early 2021).

- Niebuhrian International Relations: The Ethics of Foreign Policymaking (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, March 2020).

- North Korean Nuclear Operationality: Regional Security and Non-Proliferation, Gregory J. Moore, editor and contributor of four chapters, with Graham Allison, David Kang, Andrei Lankov, Daniel Twining, Jing-dong Yuan, etc. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, January 2014).

- Sino-American Relational Cultures: Enemies, Rivals, or Friends? Single-author book in advanced stages.

Peer-reviewed articles and book chapters

- “The Logic of Power Politics: The Thucydides Trap and the China-US Trade War,” in Shiping Hua, editor, The Political Logic of the U.S.-China Trade War (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Roman & Littlefield, book under contract, forthcoming, late 2020).

- “The Political and Social Origins of the Likely Sino-American Thucydides Trap,” in Bart Gaens and Ville Sinkkonen (eds), The US and China: Rising Rivalry, FIIA Report (Helsinki: Finnish Institute of International Affairs, forthcoming August 2020).

- "Bismarck or Wilhelm? China’s Peaceful Rise and the South China Sea," Asian Perspective 42/2 (April-June, 2018).

- “Avoiding the Thucydides Trap in Sino-American Relations: And 7 Reasons Why that Might be Difficult,” Asian Security  13/2 (2017): 98-115.

- “The Power of ‘Sacred Commitments’ - Chinese Interests in Taiwan,” Foreign Policy Analysis 12/2 (April, 2016): 214-235.​

- “The Difference a Day Makes: Understanding the End of the Sino-American ‘Tacit Alliance,’” International Studies Review 16/4 (December, 2014).

- “‘In Your Face’ - Domestic Politics, Nationalism and ‘Face’ in the Sino-Japanese Islands Dispute,” Asian Perspective 38/2 (April-June, 2014).

- “The Sino-Japanese Dispute over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands: Dangers and Opportunities,” Introduction to Special Issue, Asian Perspective 38/2 (April-June, 2014).

- “Constructing Cooperation in Northeast Asia: Historical Northeast Asian Dyadic Cultures and the Potential for Greater Regional Cooperation,” Journal of Contemporary China 22/83 (September, 2013).

- “An International Relations Perspective on the Science, Politics and Potential of an Extraterrestrial Sino-American Arms Race,” Asian Perspective 35/4 (Winter, 2011).

- “History, Face and Nationalism in Sino-Japanese Relations,” Journal of Chinese Political Science 15/3 (September, 2010): 283-306.

- “Less Beautiful, Still Somewhat Imperialist: Beijing Eyes Sino-US Relations,” in Shaun Breslin, editor, A Handbook of Chinese International Relations, New York and Oxford: Routledge (2010).

- “China’s Strategic Posture in the Asia-Pacific Region under the Leadership of Hu Jintao,” in Simon Shen, editor, China's Multi-dimensional Diplomacy after 9-11, Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield (2010).

- “Not Very Material but Hardly Immaterial: China’s Bombed Embassy and Sino-American Relations,” Foreign Policy Analysis, 6/1 (2010): 23-41.

- “Research Methods for International Relations Studies: Assembling an Effective Toolkit,” (in Chinese), Wang Jianwei, ed., Handbook of International Relations, Beijing: Renmin University Press (2010).

- “America’s Failed North Korea Policy: A New Approach,” Asian Perspective, 32/4 (Winter, 2008).

- With Veronica Kitchen, “The Importance of Multinational and Transnational Cooperation Strategies for Homeland Security,” in Paul Viotti, Michael Opheim and Nicholas Bowen, eds, Terrorism and Homeland Security: Thinking Strategically About Policy, London: CRC/Taylor and Francis, 2008.

- “How North Korea Threatens China’s Interests: Understanding Chinese ‘Duplicity’ on the North Korean Nuclear Issue,” International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Oxford University Press, 8, 2008: 1-29.

- “The Roles of Misperceptions and Perceptual Gaps in the Taiwan Strait Crisis of 1995-1996,” in Shiping Hua and Sujian Guo, eds., China in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities, New York: Palgrave-MacMillan, 2007.

- "Human Rights and US Foreign Policy toward China in the New Millennium," in Jack Donnelly, ed., Human Rights Working Papers, Institute of International Human Rights, University of Denver, 2000.

- “Troubling New Dynamics in Sino-American Security Relations in the Asia-Pacific,” Asian Security (forthcoming). 

Other Articles and Essays

- “Reining in Pyongyang’s Nuclear Ambitions: Washington and Beijing’s Common Interests,” China Policy Institute (April 6, 2017;

- “It’s Time for Bold U.S. Thinking on North Korea,” Global Asia 12/1(Spring, 2017).

- “It's Not Just Material: Politics, Culture and Ideas Might Drive China into Confrontation,” The National Interest (July 27, 2016;

- “No Escape: America Should Join China’s New Bank [AIIB]” The National Interest (March 31, 2015;

- “1914, Air Sea Battle, and Sino-American Security Relations: Advantage Offense!” China Policy Institute Blog, University of Nottingham (November 22, 2014;

- “China’s Stake in the Ukraine Crisis,” The Diplomat, (May 21, 2014;

- “We-ness Beyond Relations with Those Whom We are Familiar,” in “We” in the Time and Space of Life, Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press (2013); published in Chinese as 莫凯歌,〈超越熟人的“我们”> 生活时空中的, “我们,” 北京:社会科学文献出版社, 2013.

- "Realism on China’s Rise: The Limits of Harmony (and War)," a review essay on Yuan-kang Wang’s Harmony and War: Confucian Culture and Chinese Power Politics (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010), in the Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences (Shanghai: Fudan University, June, 2013).

- “The China Factor in Russo-American Relations,” a contribution to a Roundtable on China-Russia-US relations with Lowell Dittmer, John Garver, Ezra Vogel, etc., in Far Eastern Affairs 40/3 (2012).

- “China’s Peaceful Rise: Rhetoric or Reality?” a review essay on M. Taylor Fravel’s, Strong Borders, Secure Nation (Princeton, 2008), David Kang’s, China Rising (Columbia, 2007), and David M. Lampton’s, The Three Faces of Chinese Power (California, 2008), in the Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences (Shanghai: Fudan University, December, 2010).

- “The North Korean Nuclear Factor in US Elections,” St. Petersburg Times (Florida), Perspectives section, Sunday, September 26, 2004, p. 7P.

- "From the Ground Up: Contributions of the China/Area Studies and Sino-American Relations Literature to IR Theory," Journal of Contemporary China, May, 2004, V13, N39, p. 391-408.

- “The Role of Theory in the Study of Chinese Foreign Policy,” a contribution to a Roundtable on David M. Lampton, ed, The Making of Chinese Foreign and Security Policy in the Era of Reform (Stanford University Press), including J. David Singer, Yun-han Chu, David M. Finkelstein, Ross Terrill and David M. Lampton; Issues and Studies (National Chengchi University, Taiwan), December 2002/March 2003).

- "China’s Global Role," The World & I, October, 2001, p. 30-35.

- "China's Cautious Participation in the United Nations Human Rights Regime," a review essay on Ann Kent's, China, the United Nations, and Human Rights: The Limits of Compliance, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999, in Human Rights and Human Welfare, Fall 1999/Spring 2000 (

- "In the Realm of the Fences: How Nations and Individuals Can Internationalize without Losing Their Cultural Identities," Intersect Japan, Tokyo: PHP Institute, October 1995, p. 28-32.