Jeffrey Payne joined the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center in 2012, after serving for five years as an Instructor of Political Science at Butler University. While at Butler, he taught classes on Asian politics, social movements, international relations, and political economy. Mr. Payne has also served as a consultant for the World Bank and as a faculty member for DePauw University.

As a long time Asia Hand, Mr. Payne conducts analysis on Chinese foreign policy, South Asian security affairs, maritime security, and transnational movements. He is particularly interested in the intersection of maritime security and energy trade in the Indian Ocean. Presently, he serves as the NESA Center’s lead for engagements in the People’s Republic of China. He also serves as the director of the Next Generation Seminar, an ongoing NESA program devoted to the rising generation of leaders in the Middle East and the impact of the Arab Awakening.

Last Updated: April 6, 2021



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