Research Fellow, Center for Asian Studies
- Chinese energy and raw materials policy
- Geopolitics of Asia (esp. energy, natural resources)
- U.S.-China and Europe-China relations
- U.S. strategy in the Asia-Pacific
- Chinese industrial strategy and foreign policy
- Political economy of East Asia
- Critical raw materials (esp. Rare Earth Elements)
John Seaman joined Ifri in 2009, where he specializes in the geopolitics and political economy of energy and natural resources in Asia, with a focus on China and Japan. He also conducts research on China's industrial strategy and foreign policy, the U.S. strategy and policy in East Asia, Europe-China relations, international relations and geopolitics in East Asia, and the political economy of critical raw materials (incl. rare earth elements).
Mr. Seaman holds a Master in International Affairs - International Security from Sciences Po, Paris, a Bachelor of Arts in International Economics from Seattle University, and studied as a NSEP David L. Boren Scholar at the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies (2002-03). In the summer of 2011 and 2013 he was a visiting researcher with the Energy and Environment Program of the Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS) in Tokyo, Japan and was an International Research Fellow with CIGS until 2018. He has spent a number of years studying and working in both China and Japan.
Spat in the East China Sea Offers Lesson on Raw Material Dependence The Energy Editorial, September 2010
There is a valuable lesson to be learned about raw material dependence from the tensions between China and Japan in the East China Sea. It’s not about the oil and gas that is thought to be stored under the seabed in disputed waters, but rather the so-called “rare earth elements”, of which...
An ominous resource crunch in the so-called “rare earth elements” is now threatening the development of a number of key industries from energy to defense to consumer electronics. As key components in the latest generation of technologies, including specialized magnets for windmills and hybrid...
In recent decades, China's transformation from a regional energy supplier to one of the world's largest net energy importers, in particular with regards to oil and gas, has led to an increasing sense of energy insecurity in Chinese policy circles. Guaranteeing adequate supplies of energy to...