Sulmaan Khan

Sulmaan Khan

Research/Areas of Interest:

Chinese foreign relations; International security; International history


  • Ph.D., Yale University
  • M.A., Yale University
  • B.A., Yale University


Sulmaan Wasif Khan teaches international history and Chinese foreign relations at The Fletcher School at Tufts University where he also directs the Water and Oceans Program at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy. He is the author of "Haunted by Chaos: China’s Grand Strategy from Mao Zedong to Xi Jinping" (Harvard University Press: 2018), which was named a top book of 2018 by The American Interest, and "Muslim, Trader, Nomad, Spy: China’s Cold War and the People of the Tibetan Borderlands" (University of North Carolina Press: 2015). He has written for The Economist, Foreign Affairs, The American Interest,and YaleEnvironment360, among others, on topics ranging from Burmese Muslims to dolphin migration through the Bosphorus. He received his Ph.D. in History from Yale University in 2012.

Courses taught

Selected Publications and Presentations


"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.


"Haunted by Chaos: China's Grand Strategy from Mao Zedong to Xi Jinping," Harvard University Press, 2018.

"Muslim, Trader, Nomad, Spy: China's Cold War and the People of the Tibetan Borderlands," University of North Carolina Press, 2015.