National Security Council
Dr. Evan S. Medeiros is a Senior Advisor at The Asia Group, where he draws on his years of experience as a leading specialist in East Asian affairs. A world-renowned thinker and strategist on U.S. Asia policy, he commands in-depth expertise on the U.S.-China relationship and regional politics more broadly.
As Senior Advisor, Dr. Medeiros’ brings a rare blend of both research and practical experience in the fields of government, academia, and the private sector. In providing strategic advisory and analytical support to clients across East Asia, Dr. Medeiros offers a unique perspective on political and economic factors driving policy and regulatory developments across the region.
Notably, during the Obama administration, Dr. Medeiros served for six years on the staff of the National Security Council as Director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolia, and subsequently as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asia. In the latter role, Dr. Medeiros served as President Obama’s principal advisor on the Asia-Pacific region and was responsible for coordinating U.S. Asia policy across the areas of diplomacy, defense policy, economic policy, and intelligence. He was actively involved in all aspects U.S.-China relations for six years, including several U.S.-China summit meetings. He also served as policy advisor to Secretary Hank Paulson from 2007-2008, working on the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue at the Treasury Department.
More recently, Dr. Medeiros has drawn on his years of research and advisory work in his role as Managing Director for Asia-Pacific at Eurasia Group, working with multinational companies to provide them with analysis of regional developments. Prior to his time in government, Dr. Medeiros also worked for seven years as a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation, during which he authored a number of influential publications informing the study of Asia and, more specifically, the Chinese military and U.S. security policy.
In addition to his role as Senior Advisor, Dr. Medeiros concurrently serves as the Penner Family Chair in Asian Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where his research and teaching focuses on the international politics of East Asia, U.S.-China relations, and China’s foreign and national security policies. He also frequently appears in international media to comment on breaking developments across the region.
Dr. Medeiros holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science, in addition to an M.Phil degree in international relations from the University of Cambridge (where he was a Fulbright Scholar), a Master of Arts in China studies from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in analytic philosophy from Bates College in Maine. He is married to Bernadette Meehan and they have one daughter, Amelia.