BEIJING, Apr 14—The Carnegie Endowment announced today the launch of the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, a joint U.S.–China research center based at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

Making the announcement, Jessica T. Mathews, president of the Carnegie Endowment, said:

“The events of the last year have shown the urgent need for the United States and China to enhance understanding and cooperation on critical global issues. Whether effectively addressing climate change, nuclear security, or leading a global economic recovery, cooperation between the two countries is essential. I am delighted that Carnegie can play its part in developing that relationship through this new collaboration with the prestigious Tsinghua University. Our experts in Beijing will collaborate on these issues, and others, with their colleagues in Carnegie’s centers in Washington, Moscow, Beirut, and Brussels.

“We are lucky to have Paul Haenle lead Carnegie’s operation in Beijing as the director of the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. Paul brings an important combination of on-the-ground knowledge and senior-level government policy expertise in China, as well as a distinguished academic background and more than twenty years of government experience working on international issues in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.”

Shi Zhijin, deputy dean of Tsinghua University’s School of Humanities and Social Science said:

“The year 2010 is an eventful year for China and the world. This Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy is definitely a very important symbol of friendship between China and the United States and will contribute to strengthening our mutual understanding on bilateral issues and on global issues around the world. We are, to some extent, writing a new history and will open a new window of looking at each other. It is a great mission for us and is also a fantastic co-journey for Carnegie and Tsinghua.”

Paul Haenle, who will direct the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center, said:

“It’s a privilege to join the Carnegie Endowment and lead its efforts in Beijing. I look forward to working with Carnegie’s global network of experts, as well as the leading Chinese scholars from Tsinghua University to enhance U.S. and Chinese understanding and help shape and influence policy in both countries.”



  • The Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy is a joint U.S.–China research center based at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. The Center was established in April 2010 through a cooperative agreement between the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Tsinghua University School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The Carnegie–Tsinghua Center will bring together senior scholars and experts from the United States and China for collaborative research on common global challenges that face the United States and China, including issues related to nonproliferation and arms control; international economics and trade; climate change and energy; and other global and regional security issues such as North Korea, Afghanistan, and Iran.

    The Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy draws on the successful experience of Carnegie’s Moscow Center, established in 1994, and follows the launch of its operations in Beirut and Brussels. The Carnegie–Tsinghua Center is also part of Carnegie’s well-established Asia Program, which provides clear and precise analysis to policy makers on the complex economic, security, and political developments in the Asia-Pacific region. 

    An Advisory Council composed of distinguished leaders from the policy, business, and academic communities in China will provide the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center with advice and support.
  • Tsinghua University was established in 1911, originally under the name “Tsinghua Xuetang." The school was renamed "Tsinghua School" in 1912. After the founding of the People's Republic of China, the University was molded into a polytechnic institute focusing on engineering in the nationwide restructuring of universities and colleges undertaken in 1952. Since China opened up to the world in 1978, Tsinghua University has developed at a breathtaking pace into a comprehensive research university. At present, the university has 14 schools and 56 departments with faculties in science, engineering, humanities, law, medicine, history, philosophy, economics, management, education, and art. The University now has over 25,900 students, including 13,100 undergraduates and 12,800 graduate students. As one of China’s most renowned universities, Tsinghua has become an important institution for fostering talent and scientific research.
  • About Carnegie’s Global Vision
    Following its century-long practice of changing as global circumstances change, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is undertaking a fundamental redefinition of its role and mission. Carnegie aims to transform itself from a think tank on international issues to the first truly multinational—ultimately global—think tank. The Endowment has added operations in Beijing, Beirut, and Brussels to its existing centers in Washington and Moscow. These five locations include the two centers of world governance and the three places whose political evolution and international policies will most determine the near-term possibilities for international peace and economic advance. More information on the Carnegie Endowment's Global Vision


  • Paul Haenle is the director of the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing, China. Prior to joining Carnegie, Haenle served from June 2007 to June 2009 as the director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolian Affairs on the National Security Council staffs of former President George W. Bush and President Barack H. Obama. From June 2007 to January 2009, Haenle also played a key role as the White House representative to the U.S. negotiating team at the six-party talks nuclear negotiations and, from May 2004 to June 2007, served as the executive assistant to the U.S. national security adviser. Haenle received a bachelor’s degree of science in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University in 1988 and a master’s degree in Asian Studies from Harvard University in 2001.
  • Michael Pettis is a senior associate in the Carnegie Asia Program. An expert on China’s economy, Pettis is professor of finance with Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management, where he specializes in Chinese financial markets. He has also taught, from 2002 to 2004, at Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management and, from 1992 to 2001, at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. Read his blog at
  • Lora Saalman is an associate in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment. Under the auspices of a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship, Saalman’s research focuses on Chinese nuclear weapon and nonproliferation policies and Sino-Indian strategic relations, and links the work of Carnegie’s programs in Beijing and Washington.
  • Zhou Dadi oversees the Beijing arm of the Carnegie Energy and Climate Program. He is the director general (emeritus) of the Energy Research Institute (ERI) of the National Development and Reform Commission, where he served as director general for eight years. Zhou had served in ERI for 22 years as research professor and vice director, focusing on energy economics and energy system analysis.
  • Yan Xuetong will serve as the president of the Carnegie–Tsinghua Management Board. He is currently the director of the Institute of International Studies at Tsinghua University. He is the author of five books, including Analysis of China’s National Interests, which won the China Book Prize in 1998. Yan serves on the board of China Arms Control Association, China Asia-Pacific Association, China Association of International Relations Studies, and China Foundation of International Studies and Academic Exchange. He is also an adjunct professor at National Defense University and an adviser to several leading journals, including the Korean Journal of Defense Analysis, Journal of Chinese Political Science, and World Affairs. Yan received a bachelor’s degree of arts in English from Heilongjiang University in 1982, a master’s of arts in international relations from the Institute of International Relations in 1986, and a Ph.D. in political science from University of California, Berkeley in 1992.
  • Zhao Kejin will serve as the deputy director of the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing, China. He is an associate professor in the Institute of International Studies and deputy director of Center for Sino-U.S. Relations at Tsinghua University. Zhao worked previously at the Center for American Studies at Fudan University. His research focuses mainly on U.S. government and politics, comparative politics, political marketing, and Chinese diplomatic institutions. Zhao has published numerous articles and books, including The Institutional Study on U.S. Congressional Lobbying Activities, Global Civil Society, and The Nation State. Zhao received a Ph.D. in international relations in 2005 from Fudan University.