Evan A. Feigenbaum

Nonresident Senior Associate
Asia Program
Feigenbaum’s work focuses principally on China and India, geopolitics in Asia, and the role of the United States in East, Central, and South Asia. His previous positions include deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia, deputy assistant secretary of state for Central Asia, and member of the secretary of state’s policy planning staff with principal responsibility for East Asia and the Pacific.


PhD, AM, Political Science, Stanford University
AB, History, University of Michigan



Chinese; English; French


Evan A. Feigenbaum is a nonresident senior associate in the Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Based in Chicago, he is also the vice chairman of the Paulson Institute, an independent center, located at the University of Chicago, established by former Treasury secretary and Goldman Sachs CEO Hank Paulson. Initially an academic with a PhD in Chinese politics, Feigenbaum’s career has spanned government service, think tanks, the private sector, and three major regions of Asia.

From 2001 to 2009, he served at the U.S. State Department as deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia (2007–2009), deputy assistant secretary of state for Central Asia (2006–2007), member of the policy planning staff with principal responsibility for East Asia and the Pacific (2001–2006), and an adviser on China to Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick, with whom he worked closely in the development of the U.S.-China senior dialogue.

During the intensive final phase of the U.S.-India civil nuclear initiative from July to October 2008, he co-chaired the coordinating team charged with moving the initiative through the International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors and the Nuclear Suppliers Group and then to Congress, where it became the U.S.-India Nuclear Cooperation Approval and Nonproliferation Enhancement Act. He negotiated agreements with the governments of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan and also has extensive policy experience with North and South Korea and Japan. He received three individual and two group superior honor awards from the State Department. 

Following government service, Feigenbaum was senior fellow for East, Central, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations as well as head of the Asia practice group and a director at Eurasia Group, a global political risk consulting firm. Before government service, he worked at Harvard University (1997–2001) as lecturer on government in the faculty of arts and sciences and as executive director of the Asia-Pacific Security Initiative and program chair of the Chinese Security Studies Program in the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He taught at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School (1994–1995) as lecturer of national security affairs and was a consultant on China to the RAND Corporation (1993–1994). 

He is the author of three books and monographs, including The United States in the New Asia (CFR, 2009, co-author) and China’s Techno-Warriors: National Security and Strategic Competition from the Nuclear to the Information Age (Stanford University Press, 2003), which was selected by Foreign Affairs as a best book of 2003 on the Asia-Pacific, as well as numerous articles and essays.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Affairs February 2, 2015 中文
    The New Asian Order

    Asian financial integration is becoming a lasting feature of the political and economic reality in Asia and will pose a growing challenge to U.S. leadership in the Pacific. Washington should not shy away from this competition.

  • Op-Ed South Asia Monitor September 9, 2014
    In Asia’s Season of Summits, India Needs to Show Interest and Capability

    In Asia, leaders are gathering at a number of multilateral meetings. India has joined some of these groups and can make meaningful contributions if it focuses on shared interests and capabilities.

  • Op-Ed IANS July 30, 2014
    Kerry Visit a Start, Modi Visit to U.S. Pivotal

    India and the United States need to develop need new lines of coordination that reflect the emerging institutional and political set-up in New Delhi.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Affairs May 6, 2014
    Federalism, Chinese Style

    China’s economic model is broken and needs to change, but the proposed economic reforms will not succeed unless the Chinese state reshapes itself in far-reaching ways.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy May 6, 2014
    After the Election: The Economic Challenge for India's New Leaders

    A central challenge facing India’s new government will be to reemphasize the economic dimensions of the country’s international strategy.

  • Op-Ed U.S. News & World Report April 28, 2014 中文
    The U.S. Has a Longstanding Role in Asia

    The idea that the United States at some point left Asia and only now is pivoting back to it under President Obama is inaccurate and unhelpful.

  • Article December 30, 2013
    Ten Trends That Will Shape Asia in 2014

    The year ahead will be volatile for Asia. Can countries in the region continue to prosper and keep disputes in check while China vigorously reforms and North Korea provokes its neighbors?

  • Op-Ed Foreign Affairs December 16, 2013
    After the Plenum

    To make the market “decisive,” the state must retreat. China’s leaders have declared war on powerful “vested interests” that oppose reforms, but the biggest vested interest in the Chinese economy is, in fact, the state itself

  • Op-Ed East Asia Forum Quarterly, Vol. 5 No. 2 April-June 2013 June 11, 2013
    Multiplex World

    Two difficult strategic challenges will test East Asia’s diplomats in coming years: first, the collision between economic integration and security fragmentation, and, second, the dominance of form over function in the institutions that could help to mitigate this debilitating dynamic.

  • Premier Li Keqiang
    Op-Ed Foreign Affairs April 17, 2013
    The Rise of China's Reformers?

    The conditions that facilitated China’s last major burst of economic reform in the 1990s are largely present today, potentially boosting the prospects for real and enduring economic change.

  • CNBC March 29, 2015
    Is the U.S. Wrong to Reject the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank?

    Washington has made a mistake in approaching the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as a competition between the United States and China.

  • CNBC March 29, 2015
    U.S.-Asia Relations: Role of Lee Kuan Yew

    Singapore’s first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew played an important role in keeping the United States anchored in Asia.

  • CNBC March 4, 2015
    What a New Asian Order Means for the United States

    While the United States remains one of the Asia-Pacific’s key security providers, it will have to tailor its economic diplomacy if it wants to compete in the new Pan-Asian architecture of the region.

  • China File November 14, 2014
    Behind the Curtain at APEC

    With tensions between the West and Russia running high over Ukraine, China and Japan still wrangling over the Diaoyu islands, and America and China fighting over the same old stuff, it’s easy to be cynical about APEC. But this year’s summit seemed to accomplish quite a lot.

  • CNBC October 20, 2014
    What Is Beijing Going to do About Slowing Growth?

    Even though Beijing’s leaders realize the need for reform, resistance from state-owned enterprises presents a political barrier to implementing changes.

  • CNBC July 8, 2014
    Why the United States, China Need a ‘Track Record of Success’

    While China’s increasing regional assertiveness is bleeding over into U.S.-China relations, the two countries also have many opportunities for greater economic cooperation.

  • CNBC November 10, 2013
    All Eyes on China’s Reform Process

    The central issue to be addressed by the Third Plenum is the proper role of the state in China, including the organization of the state and the relations of the state to markets and to citizens.

  • CNBC July 8, 2013
    Why Sino-U.S. Interdependence Is Not Enough

    The United States and China need to define an affirmative economic agenda to strengthen their relationship and move their economies forward.

  • CNBC March 7, 2013
    North Korea's 'Big' Threat

    Proliferation threats from North Korea remain acute given Pyongyang's alliance with rogue states.

  • CNBC December 19, 2012
    U.S.-China Trade Conflict Is New Status-Quo

    Both the United States and China are coming out of political transitions to face endemic trade conflicts and domestic structural adjustments.

Source: http://carnegieendowment.org/experts/index.cfm?fa=expert_view&expert_id=719
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20036-2103 Phone: 202 483 7600 Fax: 202 483 1840
Please note...

You are leaving the website for the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy and entering a website for another of Carnegie's global centers.