Scott McDonald

Scott McDonald
Curriculum Vitae

sm118@wellesley.edu
Political Science
B.A., George Washington University; M.A., Naval Postgraduate School
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Scott McDonald
Visiting Lecturer in Political Science

My research explores the role of philosophical premises in shaping foreign policy decision-making, with a focus on the Chinese intellectual tradition.


I am a Non-resident Research Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) and a Ph.D. Candidate at The Fletcher School of Tufts University. I am a retired US Marine Corps officer, and my final active duty position was as a Military Professor at APCSS, where I taught security practitioners from across the Indo-Pacific on the policy relevance of Chinese philosophy and strategic thought; East Asia security dynamics; national security strategy; cross-cultural communication; and strategic foresight. In 2018 I led APCSS' first multilateral workshop in Taiwan.

As a China Foreign Area Officer (FAO), I have studied in Beijing, served as an attaché in Canberra, Australia, was the first Marine Corps Affairs Officer at the American Institute in Taiwan, established the Regional Engagement Branch at III Marine Expeditionary Force in Okinawa, Japan, and served as a Strategic Analyst in the Commandant’s Strategic Initiatives Group. In these roles I advised ambassadors, generals, and policy-makers on US policy in the Indo-Pacific and served as a subject matter expert on the foreign policy of the People’s Republic of China.

Among my publications are The Future of the United States-Australia Alliance, with Andrew T. H. Tan and China’s Global Influence: Perspectives and Recommendations, with Michael C. Burgoyne. I have  also published several articles, including “戰略競爭?—Strategic Competition?” Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs 3, no,4 (Winter 2020): 3-16 and “Phase Zero: How China Exploits It, Why the US Does Not,” Naval War College Review 65, no 3 (Summer 2012): 123-135, with Broke Jones and Jason M. Frazee.