WASHINGTON—The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace announced today the appointment of Evan Medeiros as a nonresident senior associate in its Asia Program. 

In June, Medeiros stepped down from the position of special assistant to the president and senior director for Asian affairs at the White House’s National Security Council. In that role, Medeiros served as President Barack Obama’s top adviser on the Asia-Pacific region. Currently, Medeiros is serving as managing director at Eurasia Group, where he leads its research on Asia.

Medeiros’ research will focus on the changing political, economic and security landscape in the Asia-Pacific, with a specific focus on regional reactions to China’s growing role. 

“Evan is one of the most thoughtful analysts on the Asia-Pacific there is,” said Carnegie President William J. Burns. “He has a unique combination of strong scholarly skills and extensive government experience dealing with this extraordinarily important region, and we are looking forward to having his expertise at Carnegie.”

Medeiros joined the National Security Council staff in 2009 as director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolian affairs. He previously worked for seven years as a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. 

“Having started my career at the Carnegie Endowment in the early 1990s, I am thrilled to be back at an institution devoted to policy-relevant scholarship and from a truly global vantage point,” Medeiros said. 

Medeiros has written widely on a broad range of Asian security issues. In 2009, he published the book China’s International Behavior: Activism, Opportunism and Diversification (RAND, 2009) and in 2008 co-authored Pacific Currents: The Responses of U.S. Allies and Security Partners in East Asia to China’s Rise, (RAND, 2008). 

Medeiros holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the London School of Economics, an M.Phil in international relations from the University of Cambridge, a master’s degree in China studies from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, and a bachelor’s degree in analytic philosophy from Bates College in Maine. He travels to Asia frequently and speaks, reads, and writes Mandarin Chinese.