Evan Medeiros Joins SFS as Cling Family Distinguished Fellow in U.S.-China Studies

Evan Medeiros HeadshotThe Asian Studies Program in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Evan Medeiros as the Cling Family Distinguished Fellow in U.S.-China Studies for the 2017-2018 academic year. Medeiros will use his time on campus to advance Georgetown’s research and teaching on China. He is scheduled to offer special lectures on key issues in contemporary U.S.-China relations and Asian affairs.

Medeiros comes to Georgetown after serving as the Obama administration’s senior director for Asian affairs and special assistant to the president in the National Security Council (NSC). In that role, he served as President Barack Obama’s chief 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. He was one of the longest serving officials on President Obama’s NSC staff. Prior to joining the U.S. Government, Medeiros 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. Medeiros is currently leading the Asia practice at the Eurasia Group in Washington, D.C.

Medeiros holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the London School of Economics, an M.Phil. 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, and a B.A. in analytic philosophy from Bates College. He has written 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).

“SFS is excited to welcome Evan Medeiros, one of the nation’s leading experts on China and Asia, as the Cling Family Distinguished Fellow in U.S.-China Studies this year to add to Georgetown’s strong offerings in this field,” said Dr. Joel Hellman, Dean of the School of Foreign Service.

“Evan Medeiros is a respected scholar in the field of China and Asia-Pacific studies. He served the nation with great dedication, and played a key role in developing and executing the Obama administration’s Asia-Pacific Rebalance strategy during his time at the White House.” said Dr. Victor Cha, D.S. Song-KF Professor of Government and Director of Asian Studies. “We are thrilled to have him on campus this year to share his scholarly expertise and policy experiences with our students,” Cha added.

The Cling Family Distinguished Fellowship in U.S.-China Studies is made possible by a generous gift from Mr. Michael Cling (F’98) and his family. Georgetown, recognizing Asia’s importance in global affairs, has long strived to meet the demands for rigorous academic study of this critical region. The appointment of Medeiros will allow the University to further strengthen its research and teaching in the field of Asian studies.