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Dr. Evan S. Medeiros

Based in Washington D.C. USA

  • Served nearly 6 years in the White House National Security Council (2009-2015) as President Obama’s top advisor on Asia
  • Longest serving Asia advisor to President Obama and a key architect of Obama’s China policy   
  • Served in Treasury Department as Policy Advisor to U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue led by Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr.
  • Served as Senior Asia Analyst at the RAND Corporation for 7 years
  • Served nearly 6 years in the White House National Security Council (2009-2015) as President Obama’s top advisor on Asia
  • Longest serving Asia advisor to President Obama and a key architect of Obama’s China policy   
  • Served in Treasury Department as Policy Advisor to U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue led by Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr.
  • Served as Senior Asia Analyst at the RAND Corporation for 7 years

Dr. Evan S. MEDEIROS recently joined the Eurasia Group as Managing Director and Practice Head for Asia. In early June 2015, Dr. Evan S. Medeiros stepped down from the position of Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asian Affairs at the White House’s National Security Council (NSC). In that role, Dr. Medeiros served as President Obama’s top advisor on the Asia-­‐Pacific and was responsible for coordinating U.S. policy toward the Asia-­‐Pacific across the areas of diplomacy, defense policy, economic policy and intelligence affairs.

Dr. Medeiros is one of the longest serving officials on President’s Obama’s NSC staff and was his longest serving advisor on Asia-­Pacific affairs. He joined the National Security Council staff in Summer 2009 as Director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolian Affairs. In total, he served on the NSC staff for nearly 6 years and he was actively involved in U.S.-­‐China relations throughout his NSC tenure, including by developing the initial proposal for the Sunnyland’s Summit, planning the President’s successful summit with Xi Jinping in Fall 2014, and numerous other high-­‐level U.S.-­‐China interactions.

Dr. Medeiros previously worked for seven years (2002-­‐2009) as a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. Dr. Medeiros specialized in research on the international politics of East Asia, China’s foreign and national security policies, U.S.-­‐China relations, and Chinese defense and security issues. From 2007 to 2008, he served as Policy Advisor to the Special Envoy for China and the U.S.-­‐China Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) at the Treasury Department, serving Secretary Henry “Hank” Paulson.

Dr. Medeiros has written several books and journal articles on a broad range of Asian security issues. In 2009, he published the book China’s International Behavior: Activism, Opportunism and Diversification (RAND, 2009) and in 2008 co-­‐authored Pacific Currents: The Responses of U.S. Allies and Security Partners in East Asia to China’s Rise, (RAND, 2008). In 2007, he published the internationally recognized volume: Reluctant Restraint: The Evolution of China’s Nonproliferation Policies and Practices, 1980-­2004 (Stanford University Press, 2007).

Prior to joining RAND, Dr. Medeiros was a Senior Research Associate at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey CA. In 2000, he was a visiting fellow at the Institute of American Studies at the China Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in Beijing and an adjunct lecturer at China’s Foreign Affairs College.

He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, an M.Phil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge (where he was a Fulbright Scholar), an M.A. in China Studies from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and a B.A. in analytic philosophy from Bates College in Maine. He travels to Asia frequently and speaks, reads and writes Mandarin Chinese.

 

Photo of Dr. Medeiros: By Brookings Institute

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Books:

China’s International Behavior: Activism, Opportunism, Diversification, (Santa Monica, CA: The RAND Corporation, 2009)
China’s International Behavior: Activism, Opportunism, Diversification, (Santa Monica, CA: The RAND Corporation, 2009)
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Pacific Currents: The Responses of U.S. Allies and Security Partners in East Asia to China’s Rise, (Santa Monica, CA: The RAND Corporation, 2008)
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Reluctant Restraint: The Evolution of Chinese Nonproliferation Policies and Practices: 1980-2004, (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2007)
Assessing the Threat: The Chinese Military and Taiwan’s Security, co-edited with Michael Swaine and Andrew N.D. Yang, (Washington, DC: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2007)
Assessing the Threat: The Chinese Military and Taiwan’s Security, co-edited with Michael Swaine and Andrew N.D. Yang, (Washington, DC: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2007)

 

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