Dr. Gregory J. Moore

Meet Dr. Gregory J. Moore

Degrees and Experience
  • Ph.D., International Studies (University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies)
  • M.A., Foreign Affairs, Comparative Government (University of Virginia)
  • B.A., Art (Concordia College)
Biography and Personal Achievements

During his undergraduate studies in art, Dr. Gregory Moore spent a semester as an exchange student at the University of Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania. It had an enormous impact on him and helped lead to his interest in international affairs, which he then pursued at the master’s level.

After spending two years in China teaching international trade and then another year studying Chinese full time, Moore pursued a Ph.D. in international studies/international relations/politics at the University of Denver. While there he focused on China/East Asia and became the assistant director of the university’s Center for China-U.S. Cooperation. After another year-and-a-half of language studies in China, he finished his Ph.D. at DU with a dissertation on China-U.S. relations.

Moore’s first full-time position was at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, but after a wonderful season there he missed China and took a position as associate professor of international relations at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China.

After five years at Zhejiang University, Moore took a position at the University of Nottingham’s campus in Ningbo, China, where he served as Head of the School of International Studies until he returned home to Colorado in the summer of 2020 to take his current position at CCU and to care for his aging parents, who live in the area.

Moore’s research interests include international relations and security, Chinese foreign policy, U.S. foreign policy, Sino-American relations, East Asian IR/security, and faith and public policy. He is the author of numerous articles on these topics, and author of Human Rights and US Policy Toward China from a Christian Perspective, Crossroads Monograph Series on Faith and Public Policy (St. Davids, Pennsylvania, 1999), author/editor of North Korean Nuclear Operationality: Regional Security and Non-Proliferation (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014), author of Niebuhrian International Relations: The Ethics of Foreign Policymaking (Oxford University Press, March 2020), and An International Relations Research Methods Toolkit (forthcoming, Routledge, 2021), and is working on a book on Sino-American relations.

Moore is a graduate of the Cornell/Columbia Summer Workshop on Advanced Military Operations & Strategies (Cornell University, Summer 2014), was a fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington (2019-20), is a member of the (U.S.) National Committee on US-China Relations (2009-present), a Senior Fellow at the University of Nottingham’s China Policy Institute (2015-present), and President of the Association of Chinese Political Studies (2020-2022).

Moore is married to Chenchen, from Zhejiang, China, and father to three wonderful, fun boys. They love to travel, to hike and to camp. He likes running and baseball and loves being a professor and academic. He also has a passion for apologetics, the place where the life of the mind meets the life of the spirit.

  • Niebuhrian International Relations: The Ethics of Foreign Policymaking (Oxford University Press, 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, ect. (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014).
  • Human Rights and US Policy Toward China from a Christian Perspective (St. Davids, Pennsylvania: Crossroads Monograph Series on Faith and Public Policy, 1999).
Policy Articles and essays
  • "How to get Poland's MiG-29 Jets to Ukraine to Battle Russia," 1945 (March 25, 2022).
  • "Planes to Ukraine: Bring Back the Flying Tigers," The Washington Examiner (March 16.2022).
  • "How American Can Help Ukraine: Stop Importing Russian Oil (and Much More)," 1945 (March 5, 2022).
  • "American Airpower and U.S. Interests in Ukraine," Townhall (December 28, 2021).
  • "From a Conservative to Conservatives on President Trump and the Election," Patheos (February 16, 2021).
  • Review Essay, based on Xiaoyu Pu, Rebranding China: Contested Status Signaling in the Changing Global Order, Stanford University Press, 2019 (July 10, 2020).
  • "President Trump, China has probably done all it can on North Korea – the ball's in your court now," Asia Dialogue (December 3, 2018).
  • "Xi Jinping: Strongman Among Rivals," China Policy Institute: Analysis (December 5, 2017).
  • "Reining in Pyongyang's Nuclear Ambitions: Washington and Beijing's Common Interests," China Policy Institute Analysis (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, University of Nottingham (November 22, 2014).
  • "China's Stake in the Ukraine Crisis," The Diplomat, (May 21, 2014).
  • "The China Factor in Russo-American Relations," a contribution to a Roundtable on China-Russia-US relations with Lowell Dittner, John Garver, Ezra Vogel, etc., in Far Eastern Affairs 40/3 (2012).
  • "The North Korean Nuclear Factor in US Elections," St. Petersburg Times (FL) (September 26, 2004): 7P.
  • "From the Ground Up: Contributions of the China/Area Studies and Sino-American Relations Literature to IR Theory," Journal of Contemporary China 13/39 (May, 2004): 391-408.
Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters
  • "China, Russia and the United States: Balance of Power of Atomistic National Narcissism?" in Brandon Yoder. ed., The United States and Contemporary China-Russia Relations (forthcoming, Palgrave).
  • "Huawei and Cyber-Sovereignty: China's Challenge to the West," Journal of Chinese Political Science (forthcoming, as a part of a special issue).
  • "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, 2022).
  • "Audience Costs and China's South China Sea Island Building," with Christopher Primiano, Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs (Nov. 1, 2020; DOI: 10.1177/2347797020962635).
  • "The True Origins of the 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, September 2020).
  • "Bismarck or Wilhelm? China's Peaceful Rise vs. China's South China Sea Policy," Asian Perspective 
    42/2 (April-June, 2018): 265-283.
  • "New Developments in Chinese Foreign Policy," Introduction to Special Issue, Asian Perspective 42/2 (April-June, 2018): 155-158.
  • "Avoiding a 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)L 540-574.
  • "'In Your Face' - Domestic Politics, Nationalism and 'Face' in the Sino-Japanese Islands Dispute," Asian Perspective 38/2 (April-June, 2014): 219-240.
  • "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 (Sept. 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 Jiawei, 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 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).