Erica S. Downs is a Senior Analyst for Asia at the Eurasia Group. She focuses on China, with a particular emphasis on China’s energy sector. She also follows China’s overseas investment and lending and the geopolitical implications of China’s international commercial activities.
Prior to joining Eurasia Group, Erica was a fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution. Previously, she worked as an energy analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency and as a lecturer at the Foreign Affairs College in Beijing, China. She has published extensively on China’s energy policies, oil industry, cross-border investments and related foreign policy issues. She provides commentary for publications including Bloomberg, The Financial Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other outlets.
Erica holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. from Princeton University and a B.S. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
- Inside China, Inc: China Development Bank’s Cross-Border Energy Deals
- “China’s Energy Rise,” in Brantly Womack, ed., China’s Rise in Historical Perspective (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010)
- “Sino-Russian Energy Relations: An Uncertain Courtship,” in “James A. Bellacqua, ed., The Future of China-Russia Relations (University Press of Kentucky, 2010)
- “Who’s Afraid of China’s National Oil Companies?” in Carlos Pascual and Jonathan Elkind, eds., Energy Security: Economics, Politics, Strategies and Implications (Brookings, 2010)
- “China’s ‘New’ Energy Administration,” China Business Review (November/December 2008)
- “Business Interest Groups in Chinese Politics: The Case of the Oil Companies,” in Cheng Li, ed., China’s Changing Political Landscape: Prospects for Democracy (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 2008)
- “The Fact and Fiction of Sino-African Energy Relations,” China Security (Summer 2007)
- Her work on Chinese energy and foreign policy issues has also appeared in The China Quarterly, Far Eastern Economic Review, Foreign Policy.com, and International Security.
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