Covell F. Meyskens is an Assistant Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. His research focuses on security and development in modern China. With a PhD in History from the University of Chicago, he is the author of Mao’s Third Front: The Militarization of Cold War China (2020). He is currently working on his second book, The Three Gorges Dam: Building a Hydraulic Engine for China. His work has been published in the Nonproliferation Review, Cold War History, Twentieth Century China, and Positions: Asia Critique.
In the early 1960s, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) began investing large sums of capital in the interior of the country with the stated goal of building up military and civilian infrastructure to safeguard China from a potential American or Soviet military threat. Often neglected in histories of contemporary China, this so-called Third Front campaign […]