Senior Vice President for Research; Director of the Washington, D.C., office
The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR)
Roy D. Kamphausen is Senior Vice President for Research and Director of the Washington, D.C., office at NBR. Mr. Kamphausen has provided senior leadership to NBR for years, and previously served as Senior Advisor and Senior Vice President for Political and Security Affairs.
Prior to joining NBR, Mr. Kamphausen served as a U.S. Army officer. As a China Foreign Area Officer, his career included assignments as China policy director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, China strategist for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and a military attache at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
Mr. Kamphausen’s areas of professional expertise include China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), U.S.-China defense relations, East Asian security issues and innovation and intellectual property protection policy. He has presented lectures on these topics throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe.
Mr. Kamphausen’s recent NBR publications include the NBR Special Report "Innovate in India: Global Perspectives on the Continuing Evolution of India’s IP Policy" (2015) and the last eight volumes from the annual PLA Conference, published by the U.S. Army War College, including the recent volume The Chinese People’s Liberation Army in 2025 (co-edited with David Lai) and Assessing the People’s Liberation Army in the Hu Jintao Era(co-edited with David Lai and Travis Tanner). He also authored the chapter “China’s Land Forces: New Priorities and Capabilities” in Strategic Asia 2012-13: China’s Military Challenge (2012). Mr. Kamphausen was deputy director of the IP Commission in 2012 and an author of the Commission’s Report on the Theft of American Intellectual Property.
Mr. Kamphausen is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a regular lecturer at leading U.S. military institutions, including the United States Military Academy (West Point), the National Defense University, and the U.S. Army War College. He also serves as a Senior Advisor on East Asia for the University of Connecticut Office of Global Affairs. Mr. Kamphausen testifies regularly before Congress and consults with the U.S. Department of Defense. His analysis appears in major international media, including Foreign Policy, Financial Times, New York Times, National Public Radio, Newsweek, and others.
Mr. Kamphausen holds a BA in Political Science from Wheaton College and an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University. He studied Chinese at both the Defense Language Institute and Beijing’s Capital Normal University. He is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, the Asia Society, and the Council for Security and Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific. He is married to Arminda and they have three children—Abigail, Hudson, and Delaney.
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