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Dennis Hickey - Missouri State University. Springfield, MO, US

Dennis Hickey Dennis Hickey

Distinguished Professor, Global Studies | Missouri State University

Springfield, MO, UNITED STATES

Dr. Hickey is a global studies expert specializing in Asian politics and American foreign policy.




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Dr. Dennis Hickey is the James F. Morris Endowed Professor of Political Science, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Global Studies at Missouri State University.

His research and teaching interests include the International Relations of East Asia, National Security and American Foreign Policy. He has authored four books and was co-editor of three books. He has also published over 50 scholarly articles and book chapters.

In addition, he has contributed dozens of op-ed pieces to newspapers such as the China Daily, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Kansas City Star and the Taipei Times . He has also been interviewed by electronic media organizations including China Central Television (CCTV), Cable News Network (CNN) and The Voice of America (VOA), quoted by print media organizations including the Associated Press (AP), Agence France Presse (AFP), People's Daily, China Times, China News Service, China Review News Agency of Hong Kong and the Singapore Straits Times.

In the area of service, Dr. Hickey has served as a consultant for a variety of U.S. governmental agencies, think-tanks and private firms, as well as served as Director of the Graduate Program in International Affairs and Administration from 2000 to 2002 and from 2006 to 2008. In 1999, Dr. Hickey was selected by MSU as a University Fellow in Research and he completed a second term in 2005. In 2000, he was elected to the post of Deputy Director of the American Political Science Association's Conference Group on Taiwan Studies and in 2002, he was elected to the post of Director (term completed in 2005). In 2008, Dr. Hickey was a Fulbright Exchange Scholar at the China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing, China, and that same year he was named the James F. Morris Endowed Professor of Political Science. He presently serves as a Research Associate at San Francisco State University's Center for US-China Policy Studies and on the editorial board of the Journal of Chinese Political Science. From 2008 to 2010, Dr. Hickey was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Chinese Political Studies.

Industry Expertise (3)

Education/Learning Research International Affairs

Areas of Expertise (6)

American Foreign Policy American Politics National Security Asian Politics Foreign Policy Decision-Making International relations of East Asia

Accomplishments (10)

Director's Award for Outstanding Faculty Research (professional)

Honor's College, Missouri State University

University Foundation Award (professional)

Missouri State University
Awarded for excellence in service

Distinguished Service Award (professional)

2010, 2008
Association of Chinese Political Studies

James F. Morris Endowed Professor of Political Science (professional)


Fulbright Exchange Scholar (professional)

China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing, China.

Excellence in Teaching Award (professional)

2006, 2001
College of Humanities and Public Affairs, Missouri State University

Excellence in Research Award (professional)

2005, 1999
College of Humanities and Public Affairs, Missouri State University

Excellence in Service Award (professional)

2004, 2002
College of Humanities and Public Affairs, Missouri State University

University Foundation Award

Missouri State University
Awarded for excellence in research

Excellence in Research Award

Missouri State University

Education (3)

University of Texas: Ph.D. 1988

Texas State University: M.A. 1978

University of Texas: B.A. 1975

Affiliations (4)

  • Editorial Board Journal of Chinese Political Science
  • Research Associate San Francisco State University's Center for US-China Policy Studies
  • Associate Member University of Chicago's Center for East Asian Studies (2009-2012)
  • Board of Directors Association of Chinese Political Studies (2008-2010)

Media Appearances (7)

Taiwan Public Opinion and National Security

China-US Focus  online


For Americans, Taiwan’s defense equation is important. The U.S. does not have an “iron-clad” commitment to defend Taiwan. As President Jimmy Carter once observed, however, the Taiwan Relations Act provides a U.S. president with an option to go to war to protect the island. Indeed, America is Taiwan’s only potential security partner in a conflict with the Chinese mainland.

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Sino-US ties on brink over Taiwan Travel Act

Global Times  online


The US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on Wednesday passed the Taiwan Travel Act, allowing visits between the island and the US at all levels, including high-ranking officials after the House passed the bill on January 9. The bill will become law after it is passed by the US Senate and signed by the president.

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Paraguay president's visit throws Taiwan diplomatic lifeline

Fox News  online


The visit by Paraguay's president to Taiwan this week offers a diplomatic lifeline to the self-governing island democracy whose international breathing space is being steadily chipped away at by Beijing.

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The Xi-Ma Summit: A Lesson For US Diplomacy?

The Diplomat  online


U.S. policy on Taiwan might have applicability to other international disputes.

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Time to Review US Policy on Taiwan?

The Diplomat  online


The world has changed. It is time for a thoughtful debate on U.S. defense ties with Taiwan.

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Obama likely to tell Abe 'cool it'

China Daily  online


Washington is gearing up to greet Japan's new prime minister. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's conservative Liberal Democratic Party came to power in December after winning a landslide election over the left-leaning Democratic Party. Abe, who previously served as prime minister in 2006-2007, has vowed to resolve the deep-rooted economic problems that have confronted his nation for decades. He has also pledged to stabilize Japan's troubled relations with some of its neighbors, including China, and enhance security ties with the United States.

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More than just income gap to bridge

China Daily  online


On Oct 1, 2009, Beijing celebrated the 60th anniversary of founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC). When Chairman Mao Zedong and his comrades established the new government they hoped to create an equitable and classless society.

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Research Grants (4)

Research Grant

Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for Scholarly International Exchange 

2014-2015, 2008-2010, 2004-2005, 1998-1999

Research Grant

Taiwan Foundation for Democracy 

2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2004

Provost Research Incentive Grant

Missouri State University 

For "US-China-Taiwan Studies"

Faculty Research Grant

Missouri State University 

2014, 2009, 2005, 2001, 1997, 1996

Minds-Eye (1)

Taiwan: Where politics, history and geography collide

Imagine a civil war broke out in the United States. After many years of fighting, one side retreated to New Jersey, and claimed it was the legitimate American government—not the government in Washington. If the rest of the world acted as though New Jersey had authority to do so, residents of the other states would think the world had gone mad, right?

According to Dr. Dennis Hickey, distinguished professor of political science and director of the graduate program in global studies at Missouri State University, that’s essentially what happened between China and Taiwan in 1949.

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Articles (9)

In the Eye of the Typhoon: Taiwan and the Growing Dispute in the South China Sea Asian Perspective



Taiwan in 2015: A Turning Point Asian Survey


In 2015, Taipei’s relations with Washington moved forward in parallel with the improvements in cross-Strait relations initiated in 2008. Perhaps most notable was President Ma Ying-jeou’s summit meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping.

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Parallel Progress: US-Taiwan Relations During An Era of Cross-Strait Rapprochement Journal of Chinese Political Science


This study examines the progress in US-Taiwan relations during an era of cross-Strait rapprochement.

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A Legacy of Legislative Leadership: The Taiwan Relations Act after 35 Years American Journal of Chinese Studies


This study provides an overview of the history and terms of the Taiwan Relations Act and shows how it has facilitated the maintenance of close ties between the United States and the Republic of China on Taiwan.

Taiwan and the Rising Tensions in the East China Sea: A Mouse that Roared Asian Survey


This study examines Taiwan’s policy toward the territorial dispute in the East China Sea and explains why it has yielded some dividends.

Imbalance in the Taiwan Strait Parameters: The US Army War College Quarterly


This article examines four alternatives for addressing the military imbalance between Taiwan and China, and
recommends combining two of them for a better way ahead.

US Policy Toward Taiwan: Time for a Change? Asian Affairs


This paper examines US policy toward Taiwan and explores several proposals for change that an American administration may wish to consider.

Wake Up to Reality: Taiwan, the Chinese Mainland and Peace Across the Taiwan Strait Journal of Chinese Political Science


Relations between the Republic of China (ROC or Taiwan) and the People’s Republic of China (PRC or Chinese mainland) have improved significantly since 2008. However, this study suggests that it will be difficult for the two sides to sustain the momentum in cross-strait relations unless Beijing—and to some extent Taipei—begin to recalibrate their relationship in a more pragmatic way and adopt some new thinking on the concepts of sovereignty and the political status of the ROC.

Rapprochement between Taiwan and the Chinese Mainland: Implications for American Foreign Policy Journal of Contemporary China


This article examines US policy toward improving relations between the Republic of China on Taiwan and the People's Republic of China. It also analyzes several policy options that the Barack Obama administration may wish to consider.