Evan A. Feigenbaum
Evan A. Feigenbaum is Vice Chairman of The Paulson Institute at the University of Chicago, an independent center established by former US Treasury Secretary and Goldman Sachs chairman and CEO Hank Paulson. He leads the institute’s political economy and investment-related programs, including the Institute’s think tank, which focuses principally on the Chinese economy with an emphasis on market-based structural reforms. He is also Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Initially an academic, with a PhD in Chinese politics from Stanford University, his work has since spanned government service, think tanks, the private sector, and three regions of Asia – East, Central, and South.
From 2001 to 2009, during the George W. Bush Administration, he served at the US State Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central Asia, Member of the Policy Planning Staff with principal responsibility for East Asia and the Pacific under Secretaries of State Colin L. Powell and Condoleezza Rice, and as an adviser on China to Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick, with whom he worked closely in the development of the US-China senior dialogue.
During the intensive final phase of the US-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 US-India Nuclear Cooperation Approval and Nonproliferation Enhancement Act. He negotiated agreements with the governments of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, including Kazakhstan’s so-called “Madrid Commitments” to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and also has extensive policy experience with North and South Korea and Japan. He received five Superior Honor Awards from the State Department (three individual awards and two group awards).
Outside of government, Evan has been Head of the Asia practice group at the markets and business consultancy Eurasia Group, a global political risk firm working principally for financial institutions and corporate clients; Senior Fellow for Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations; taught at Harvard University as Lecturer on Government in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and at the US Naval Postgraduate School as Lecturer of National Security Affairs; and was executive director of the Asia-Pacific Security Initiative at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is the author of three books and monographs, including most recently The United States in the New Asia, and China’s Techno-Warriors: National Security and Strategic Competition from the Nuclear to the Information Age, which was selected by Foreign Affairs magazine as a best book of 2003 on the Asia-Pacific, as well as numerous essays in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, International Security, Survival, The China Quarterly, The Atlantic, Newsweek, The New York Times, Financial Times, and other journals, magazines, and newspapers. He is a former columnist for the Business Standard, India’s leading financial newspaper, and a current columnist for South Asia Monitor, published by India’s Society for Policy Studies, and appears regularly as a commentator on Asian markets, business, politics, and regional security on CNBC and other networks.