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Evan Medeiros

Walsh School of Foreign Service

Evan Medeiros is the inaugural Penner Family Chair in Asian Studies at the Walsh School of Foreign Service and a senior fellow for the Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues at Georgetown University. He also serves as the Cling Family Distinguished Fellow in U.S.-China Studies, working with the Asian Studies Program to expand engagement and research on China. Medeiros holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the London School of Economics, an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, an M.A. in China studies from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, and a B.A. in analytic philosophy from Bates College.

International activities include:

  • Served as the Obama administration’s senior director for Asian affairs and special assistant to the president in the National Security Council (NSC), in which he was responsible for coordinating U.S. policy toward the Asia-Pacific across the areas of diplomacy, defense policy, economic policy, and intelligence affairs.
  • Worked as a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, where he specialized in the international politics of East Asia as well as China’s foreign and national security policies.
  • Author of numerous books and journal articles on a broad range of Asian security issues, including Reluctant Restraint: The Evolution of China’s Nonproliferation Policies and Practices, 1980-2004 (Stanford University Press, 2007), Pacific Currents: The Responses of U.S. Allies and Security Partners in East Asia to China’s Rise (RAND, 2008), and China’s International Behavior: Activism, Opportunism, and Diversification (RAND, 2009).
  • Led the Asia practice at the Eurasia Group in Washington, D.C.

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