Sulmaan Khan

Assistant Professor of Chinese Foreign Relations

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


Sulmaan Khan is Assistant Professor of Chinese Foreign Relations. 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 2014 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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