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Zack Cooper is co-director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy and a senior fellow at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). He also serves as a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he studies U.S. defense strategy and alliances in Asia.

In addition, Zack is an adjunct assistant professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University, an associate at Armitage International, and a member of the board of advisors of the Center on Economic and Financial Power at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Zack served in the Pentagon and White House under the George W. Bush administration, first as special assistant to the principal deputy under secretary of defense for policy for policy and then as assistant to the deputy national security adviser for combating terrorism at the National Security Council. He has also been the senior fellow for Asian security at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a research fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. Dr. Cooper received his Ph.D., M.A., and M.P.A. from Princeton University and B.A. from Stanford University.

Media Mentions

Neither side needs a war. And from a US strategic standpoint, this is a particularly bad issue to pick a fight with China over.
A lot of companies just assumed that a major conflict involving a big country was unlikely, but Russia’s invasion of Ukraine invalidated that assumption. Now the question is what other big country might have a serious military contingency and a Taiwan Strait crisis is the obvious connection for many people.
It’s clear Beijing sees this trip by Pelosi differently and as a much more severe break with past policy than some Americans appreciate.
There's a view in Beijing that it might be necessary to have a crisis to demonstrate China's seriousness on Taiwan issues to the United States.
Moscow and Beijing have thrown in their lot together, but my guess is that many in Beijing are now getting very worried that they have attached themselves to the wrong country and the wrong leader.