Douglas H. Paal

Vice President for Studies
Paal previously served as vice chairman of JPMorgan Chase International and as unofficial U.S. representative to Taiwan as director of the American Institute in Taiwan.


PhD, History and East Asian Languages, Harvard University
AM, AB, Chinese Studies and Asian History, Brown University 


Chinese; Japanese


Douglas H. Paal is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He previously served as vice chairman of JPMorgan Chase International (2006–2008) and was an unofficial U.S. representative to Taiwan as director of the American Institute in Taiwan (2002–2006). He was on the National Security Council staffs of Presidents Reagan and George H. W. Bush between 1986 and 1993 as director of Asian Affairs and then as senior director and special assistant to the president.

Paal held positions in the policy planning staff at the State Department, as a senior analyst for the CIA, and at U.S. embassies in Singapore and Beijing. He has spoken and published frequently on Asian affairs and national security issues.

  • NHK World November 4, 2015
    On the China-Taiwan Summit

    The upcoming summit between China and Taiwan could negatively affect Taiwan’s governing Kuomintang, or Nationalist Party, in next year’s presidential election.

  • CCTV September 27, 2015
    On President Xi’s U.S. Visit

    During his visit to the United States, President Xi conveyed to Chinese audiences that he could handle China’s most important bilateral relationship and reassured U.S. counterparts that Beijing understands contentious issues and will not ignore them.

  • CNBC September 22, 2015
    Will Xi’s State Visit Change U.S.-China Ties?

    What can the global community expect ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the United States?

  • NPR’s All Things Considered June 23, 2015
    U.S., China Face Tensions at the 7th Strategic and Economic Dialogue

    Xi Jinping’s upcoming summit visit to the United States in September will be on the minds of political figures throughout the Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

  • CCTV America December 5, 2014
    On the Zhou Yongkang Arrest

    It remains to be seen what Zhou’s arrest means for China’s anti-corruption campaign.

  • Russia Today November 15, 2014
    CrossTalk: World Without West

    As the world pivots to Asia, China has its own plans for this vast region.

  • RT’s Worlds Apart July 10, 2014
    Pivot Off-Balance?

    The U.S. rebalance toward East Asia is an effective strategy to unite diplomacy, economics and trade, and security in a critical and fast-growing region of the world.

  • CCTV America May 16, 2014
    Impact of the U.S. Pivot on the Asia Pacific Region

    The Obama administration’s pivot to Asia has not emboldened America’s regional partners, nor has U.S. reluctance to directly intervene in territorial disputes signaled waning support for U.S. allies.

  • CCTV America March 10, 2014
    Upcoming Highlights for the NPC

    The driving motivation behind the decision by the National People’s Congress to set the growth target at 7.5 percent is their desire to guarantee full employment.

  • Australia Network News February 17, 2014
    China-Taiwan Relations Warming Up

    The meeting between officials representing China and Taiwan is an important symbolic milestone and reflects broad progress in in improving cross-strait relations.

    October 30, 2015 Washington, DC 中文
    Japan and U.S. Perspectives on Southeast Asia Development

    Seventy years after World War II, Southeast Asia stands at a crossroads amid multilateral trade negotiations, economic integration initiatives, political turmoil, and the establishment of new development institutions and regional governance frameworks.

  • China rebalance
    October 27, 2015 Washington, DC 中文
    China’s Economic Rebalance

    Though China’s economy is rebalancing, some experts argue that Beijing waited too long to begin adjustments; debt levels are high and the economy still requires an unsustainably fast growth in credit to maintain high levels of economic activity.

  • September 9, 2015 Washington, DC 中文
    The Future of U.S.–South Korea Relations

    The U.S.–South Korea relationship is one of enduring friendship and mutual respect, but is nonetheless challenged by events, especially those involving North Korea.

  • July 15, 2015 Washington, DC 中文
    The Future of the U.S.-Korea Alliance and Northeast Asia

    The U.S.-ROK relationship has evolved from a strategic alliance designed to deter aggression from North Korea into a “comprehensive strategic alliance,” expanding well beyond the security realm. But this broader vision of the alliance is still in development.

  • March 24, 2015 Washington, DC 中文
    Taiwan’s Economic Role in the Asia-Pacific

    Taiwan’s economy is at the forefront of the IT revolution, plays an important role in the global supply chain, and partners successfully with American firms. It is actively extending its economic role in the Asia-Pacific to participate in regional economic integration.

  • February 27, 2015 Washington, DC 中文
    Wendy Sherman on Northeast Asia

    Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman spoke about how the United States has worked with partners and allies to build a peaceful and prosperous post-war order in Northeast Asia, and the future of U.S. policy in the region.

  • December 5, 2014 Washington, DC 中文
    Decoding Taiwan’s “Nine-In-One” Election Results

    As Taiwan gears up for its regional “nine-in-one” elections, which will select candidates for a slew of municipal and local offices, many campaigns have focused on local issues. However, interested observers will endeavor to draw larger implications for the 2016 presidential and legislative elections.

  • October 23, 2014 Beijing
    Forging Cooperative U.S.-China Relations in an Increasingly Complex International Environment

    China and the United States should work closely together to develop comprehensive bilateral solutions to twenty-first century governance challenges.

  • October 23, 2014 Beijing
    China’s Evolving Foreign Policy and Global Role

    The world order is changing amid a host of global challenges and Sino-U.S. bilateral relations are evolving in response to China’s growing capabilities and assertiveness.

  • September 8, 2014 Washington, DC 中文
    Admiral Greenert on the Asia-Pacific Rebalance

    China’s Navy is embarking on “new historic missions” that reflect China’s interest in expanding its operational reach and global influence. From cooperative piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden, to China’s first participation in the Rim of the Pacific naval exercise, the U.S. and Chinese Navies are expanding the boundaries of their burgeoning relationship.

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