Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. is a founder of the United States-China Policy Foundation, Chairman of Projects International, Inc., President Emeritus of the Middle East Policy Council, Member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for the Atlantic Council of the United States, a trustee of the Institute for Defense Analyses, and a Committee Member of the American Academy of Diplomacy.

In 1993-1994 Ambassador Freeman served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. He has also served as U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, and Deputy Chief of Mission at both Bangkok and Beijing. He was Country Director for China from 1979-1981, a member of the advance team to open the U.S. Liaison Office in Beijing in 1973, and the principal American interpreter during President Nixon’s path-breaking visit to China in 1972. In addition to his East Asian, Middle Eastern, African, and European diplomatic experience, Ambassador Freeman also served in India.

Ambassador Freeman has a diploma from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, a BA from Yale University, and a JD from the Harvard Law School as well as certificates in Chinese language (Mandarin and Taiwanese) and area studies. He was elected to the American Academy of Diplomacy in 1995. Ambassador Freeman is author of Arts of Power: Statecraft and Diplomacy (1997), The Diplomat’s Dictionary (Revised edition 2010), and America’s Misadventures in the Middle East (2010). His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Middle East Policy, Washington Report on the Middle East, The New York Times, and the Chinese American Forum.

Last Updated: April 3, 2014



Thinking about War with China

Chas W. Freeman
Let’s not kid ourselves. The armed forces of the United States and China are now very far along in planning and practicing how to go to war with each other. Neither has any idea when or why it might have to engage the other on the battlefield but...

My First Trip


With Nixon in China

Chas W. Freeman
On a chill, gray Monday morning, on February 21, 1972, I stood on the steps of the old Hongqiao Airport terminal. I had arrived in Shanghai twenty minutes in advance of President Nixon. I was on the backup plane, which arrived first, so I actually...