Matthew Riss works with Professor Lionel Jensen on researching Chinese foreign policy. More specifically, Riss works with Professor Jensen to investigate China’s use of “soft power” and “sharp power.” China’s soft power manifests itself through such devices as Confucius Institutes and are relatively unproblematic, while extensions of sharp power are generally concerning and problematic (i.e. use of military for political gain). Riss aims to determine the relationship between recent events surrounding China and how such events relate to the soft power/sharp power dynamic, as well as whether China is transitioning from a period of soft power usage to a period of sharp power usage.

Environmental Engineering