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Michael Wills

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Finance
The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR)

Michael Wills is Senior Vice President, Strategy and Finance, at NBR.

He manages all aspects of NBR’s financial and business affairs, including corporate strategic planning, and serves as secretary to the Board of Directors. He also directs NBR’s Strategic Asia Program and manages NBR’s publications series, including the Asia Policy journal and the NBR Analysis series.

Mr. Wills was previously vice president of research and operations (until 2015), and formerly served as director of NBR’s Strategic Asia Program (from 2001 to 2007) and Southeast Asia Studies Program (from 2001 to 2006).

His research expertise includes international security and the international relations of Asia, with a particular interest in China’s relations with Southeast Asia. He is co-editor with Ashley J. Tellis of five Strategic Asia volumes—Foundations of National Power in the Asia-Pacific (2015), Domestic Political Change and Grand Strategy (2007), Trade, Interdependence, and Security (2006), Military Modernization in an Era of Uncertainty (2005), and Confronting Terrorism in the Pursuit of Power (2004)—and with Robert M. Hathaway of New Security Challenges in Asia (2013). He is a contributing editor to three other Strategic Asia books and several other edited volumes on Asian security.

Before joining NBR, Mr. Wills worked at the Cambodia Development Resource Institute in Phnom Penh, and prior to that with Control Risks Group, an international political and security risk management firm, in London.

He holds a BA (Honors) in Chinese Studies from the University of Oxford.

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