Sulmaan Khan

Assistant Professor of International History and Chinese Foreign Relations

  • PhD, Yale University
  • MA, Yale University
  • BA, Yale University


Sulmaan Khan is Assistant Professor of International History and Chinese Foreign Relations. He also directs the Water and Oceans program at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP). He received a PhD in History from Yale University in December, 2012. His book, Muslim, Trader, Nomad, Spy: China’s Cold War and the Tibetan Borderlands, will be published in 2015 by UNC Chapel Hill Press. He has published articles in Cold War History and Diplomatic History; his research has been supported by the Cold War International History Project at the Wilson Center. He has also written for The Economist, The American Interest, Prospect, e360, and YaleGlobal, on topics ranging from Burmese Muslims in China to dolphin migration through the Bosphorus. Prior to Fletcher, he spent nine months living in Turkey.

Research Interests
  • Chinese foreign relations
  • International security
  • International history
• “Cold War Co-operation: New Chinese Evidence on Jawaharlal Nehru’s 1954 Visit to Beijing”, Cold War History, 11:2, February, 2011.
• “The Aesthetic of Analysis: National Intelligence Estimates and Other American Appraisals of the Cold War Triangular Relationship”, Diplomatic History, 32:5, November, 2008.



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