Erik Ringmar is professor in the Dept of Political Science and International Relations at Ibn Haldun University, Istanbul, Turkey. He graduated from Yale University in 1993 with a PhD In political science. He taught comparative politics at the London School of Economics for 12 years. Between 2007 and 2013 he lived and worked in China. He is the author of 6 books and some 50 academic articles. His next book will deal with dance and international politics.