Evan S. Medeiros is the Penner Family Chair in Asian Studies and the Cling Family Senior Fellow in U.S.-China Relations at Georgetown University. He is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Medeiros was Managing Director for Asia at the Eurasia Group. In June 2015, he 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. In that role, Medeiros served as former President Barack Obama’s top adviser on the Asia-Pacific and was responsible for coordinating U.S. policy toward the region across the areas of diplomacy, defense policy, economic policy, and intelligence affairs. He joined the National Security Council staff in summer 2009 as Director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolia affairs. In total, he served on the National Security Council staff for nearly six years.

Medeiros previously worked as a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. He 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 adviser to the special envoy for China and the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue at the Treasury Department, serving Secretary Henry Paulson.

Last Updated: December 12, 2018



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