WASHINGTON – The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace announced today that Evan A. Feigenbaum will join its leadership team as vice president for studies. 

In this new role, Feigenbaum will oversee work on a dynamic region encompassing both East Asia and South Asia, including the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center in Beijing and Carnegie India in New Delhi. 

Feigenbaum, vice chairman of the Paulson Institute at the University of Chicago and co-founder of its digital venture MacroPolo, will succeed Douglas Paal, who built and led Carnegie’s Asia Program over the past decade and who will remain at Carnegie as a distinguished fellow. 

A longtime specialist on Asia with a PhD in Chinese politics from Stanford University, Feigenbaum has also been a nonresident senior fellow at Carnegie. His work has spanned the public, private, and nonprofit sectors and three major regions of Asia. From 2001 to 2009, he served at the U.S. State Department, including as 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. He led the Asia practice at the markets consultancy Eurasia Group and taught at Harvard University and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. 

“I am honored to take on this new role at the Carnegie Endowment at a moment of dramatic change in Asia,” said Feigenbaum. “And I am especially pleased to join a team led by Bill Burns. Our time working together at the State Department was one of the highlights of my career. I look forward to working again with him and with Carnegie’s extraordinary group of scholars and policy practitioners across the region and around the world.” 

“Evan has a rare mix of scholarly credentials, senior policy experience, broad regional expertise, and proven track record as a leader of an international affairs think tank. He is fiercely independent and endlessly creative and energetic. His is a voice of reason at a moment when that is often in short supply,” said Carnegie President William J. Burns. “We are extraordinarily fortunate to have him join the Carnegie family, and look forward to helping him realize his vision for Carnegie’s work in a part of the world that could not be more consequential.”

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