Brantly Womack

Fast Facts

  • Retired C.K. Yen Chair at the Miller Center
  • Expert on China
  • Received China Friendship Award for his work with Chinese universities


Areas Of Expertise

  • Foreign Affairs
  • Asia
  • Economic Issues
  • Trade

Brantly Womack retired as the Miller Center’s C. K. Yen Chair and professor of foreign affairs at the University of Virginia. He received his BA degree in politics and philosophy from the University of Dallas, and after a Fulbright in philosophy at the University of Munich, earned his PhD in political science from University of Chicago. He is the author of Recentering Pacific Asia (Cambridge University Press 2023), China Among Unequals: Asymmetric International Relationships in Asia (World Scientific Press 2010), and China and Vietnam: The Politics of Asymmetry (Cambridge University Press 2006), as well as more than 100 articles and book chapters. He edited China’s Rise in Historical Perspective (Rowman and Littlefield 2010), the product of a lecture series at the Miller Center, and Contemporary Chinese Politics in Historical Perspective (Cambridge 1991). In 2011, Womack received the China Friendship Award for his work with Chinese universities. He holds honorary positions at Jilin University, East China Normal University, and Zhongshan (Sun Yat-Sen) University. 

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In his new book, “Recentering Pacific Asia: Regional China and World Order,” the Miller Center’s Brantly Womack argues that U.S. efforts to build “team anti-China” coalitions in the Indo-Pacific could backfire among countries that benefit from lucrative trade relations with Beijing.
Brantly Womack Politico Europe
Putin’s victory in Ukraine would not be so easy.
Brantly Womack The Hill
The new concepts of the Indo-Pacific and Pacific Asia (which includes Northeast Asia, Greater China, and Southeast Asia) are each problematic, but with differing complications.
Brantly Womack China-US Focus
Brantly Womack, Professor Emeritus of Politics at the University of Virginia and Senior Faculty Fellow at the Miller Center, discusses his new book, "Recentering Pacific Asia: Regional China and the World Order," at Emory University.
Brantly Womack U.S.-China Perception Monitor
Improving relations with the United States is also crucial for Vietnam’s sense of security and for its export economy. And, strangely enough, the United States is popular in Vietnam, including fond memories of President Donald Trump, who made two visits to Hanoi. To Vietnam, the United States represents an opportunity, rather than a threat.
Brantly Womack The Messenger
Russian President Vladimir Putin obviously underestimated the capacity of Ukrainian resistance, overestimated the shock-and-awe capabilities of the Russian military, and misjudged NATO’s resilience.
Brantly Womack The Messenger