The Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies (CGPACS) can occasionally host Visiting Scholars from U.S. and foreign universities to work in close collaboration with specific UCI faculty on issues related to global peace and conflict studies. Visiting Scholars in the past have included senior scholars, post-doctoral scholars, and advanced doctoral students in a broad range of fields.  

Applicants must have secured funding from a fellowship or a university sabbatical. They must also have a clearly defined research project developed in conversation with a scholar (or team of scholars) at UCI, who is willing to serve as liaison and host during the applicant’s stay. Scholars and advanced doctoral students may apply to be in residence for a period from one month to one year. Visiting scholars will have office space and library privileges and will be encouraged to participate in events at CGPACS and the broader UCI community, and to hold a public presentation about their research during their fellowship period.

Interested individuals should first communicate with relevant UCI faculty to develop a research proposal, and to secure agreement from this faculty member to serve as liaison and host during the applicant’s stay. Applications consist of relevant correspondence with UCI faculty, the applicant’s CV, a 2-page description of the research project (including why a residency at UCI would be beneficial) and the proposed dates of residency. All applications should be sent to: Lina Celia Moncayo,




Research Fellow

Office: (949) 824-6410



Areas of Expertise 

International Security, Regional Organizations, NATO, SCO, OSCE, U.S.-China relations, Middle East, Conflict Management, Defense and Peace Economics, Belt and Road Initiatives


Christina Lin is a Research Fellow at the Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies. Her research focuses on China-Mediterranean/Middle East relations and ways for U.S.-China cooperation in a changing international order. Specific areas of interest include China's Belt and Road Initiatives, its rising role in the Middle East's economic and security landscape, and the interplay between regional security architectures such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the Organization for Security Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) as an evolving paradigm of China-U.S./West relations in a multi-polar world.

She holds a Ph.D. in International Political Economy and Security Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is a former Transatlantic Academy Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS-Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Lin is the author of "The New Eurasian Embrace" in Toward Well-Oiled Relations? China's Presence in the Middle East Following the Arab Spring (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and "The Dragon's Rise in the Great Sea: China's Interests in the Levant and the Eastern Mediterranean" in The Eastern Mediterranean in Transition: Multipolarity, Politics and Power (Routledge, 2015).  

Recent activities and publications

  • Book chapter in Political Narratives in the Middle East and North Africa--Perceptions of Instability and Conceptions of Order, Wolfgang Mühlberger and Toni Alaranta eds., Springer, 2019.
  • “The Repercussions of Turkey-China Relations on its Transatlantic Relations” in Turkey and Transatlantic Relations, Sasha Toperich & Aylin Unver Noi, eds., Center for Transatlantic Relations/Brookings Institution, November 28, 2017.
  • “China’s Rise in the Middle East: Confrontation or Cooperation with the U.S. and the EU?”, CGPACS luncheon series presentation on June 6, 2017.
  • PeaceGame, participant in tabletop exercise on Middle East crises convened by Foreign Policy Magazine and Government of the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi, March 5-6, 2017.
  • China: A Rising Power”, speaker at the 10th Annual INSS International Conference, Tel Aviv, Israel, January 24, 2017.
  • The ISIS Challenge to China’s Silk Road and Prospects for Counter-Terrorism Cooperation, Liberty University Law Review, Vol. 11, Issue 2 (2016).
  • Liberal Order in a Post Western World, German Marshall Fund’s Transatlantic Academy Collaborative Report, by Trine Flockhart, Charles A. Kupchan, Christina Lin, Bartlomiej E. Nowak, Patrick W. Quirk, Lanxin Xiang, April 2014


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