Philip B. K. Potter

Fast Facts

  • Associate professor of politics, UVA Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
  • Founding director, National Security Policy Center at the Batten School
  • Expertise on national security, China, war and international conflict

Areas Of Expertise

  • Foreign Affairs
  • American Defense and Security
  • War and Terrorism
  • Asia
  • Politics

Philip B. K. Potter is an associate professor of politics and founding director of the National Security Policy Center in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. He is also a university expert with the National Ground Intelligence Center, US Army INSCOM.

Potter’s latest book with Chen Wang, Zero Tolerance: Repression and Political Violence on China’s New Silk Road, was released by Cambridge University Press in October 2022. Drawing on extensive original data, Potter and Wang demonstrate that China’s harsh policies are driven by deep insecurities about the stability of the regime and its claim to legitimacy. These perceived threats to core interests drive the ferocity of the official response to Uyghur aspirations. The result is harsh repression, sophisticated media control, and selective international military cooperation. The implications of the regional conflict are, however, global.

Potter’s 2015 book with Matthew Baum, War and Democratic Constraint, was named a CHOICE academic title. Potter has published in a wide array of peer-reviewed and popular outlets. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Politics and the Journal of Global Security Studies and is an associate principal investigator for Time-Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences (TESS). Potter has been a fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point, Harvard University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Philip B. K. Potter News Feed

Beijing seems to have no plan for political accommodation in Xinjiang, but history shows that the subjugation of a population comes with a high cost.
Philip Potter and Chen Wang
The 2022 Ambassador William C. Battle Symposium on American Diplomacy addressed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the resulting shifts in the global geopolitical landscape and featured the University of Virginia's Miller Center Faculty Senior Fellow Philip B. K. Potter.
Philip B. K. Potter Miller Center Presents
The lack of political representation for Muslim minority Uyghurs is leading to rampant political violence.
Philip Potter and Chen Wang