Kuen-da Dalton Lin (林坤达) specializes in international relations theories of bargaining between major and lesser powers, with an area focus on China and East Asia. His current research theorizes how great powers distribute patronage on their periphery to maximize regional influence. His English and Chinese language publications have appeared in Ballots & Bullets, Taipei Perspective, Thought Leaders, and the United Daily News. His research has been supported by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, Taiwan’s Ministry of Education, the Fulbright Scholar Program of the U.S. State Department, and the China Times Cultural Foundation, among others. He has held research affiliations at the Carter Center and the Institute of Political Science at Academia Sinica. Since 2008, he has served as the Executive Editor of the Taiwan Security Research (http://www.taiwansecurity.org), a nonpartisan website aggregating and disseminating information on current events related to regional security issues surrounding Taiwan. Dalton holds a B.A. from the National Taiwan University and a M.A. from Australian National University (with High Distinction). He will receive his Ph.D. degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015.