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Roy Kamphausen

Senior Advisor for Political and Security Affairs
The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR)

Roy D. Kamphausen is Senior Advisor for Political and Security Affairs at NBR. Mr. Kamphausen previously served as Senior Vice President for Political and Security Affairs and Director of NBR’s Washington, D.C., office.

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 as 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, U.S. defense and security policy toward Asia, and East Asian security issues. He has presented lectures on these topics throughout the United States, Asia and Europe.

Mr. Kamphausen’s NBR publications include the last eight volumes from the annual PLA Conference, published by the U.S. Army War College, including Assessing the People’s Liberation Army in the Hu Jintao Era, edited by Roy Kamphausen, David Lai, and Travis Tanner (Strategic Studies Institute, 2014). He also authored “China’s Land Forces: New Priorities and Capabilities” in Strategic Asia 2012-13: China’s Military Challenge (edited by Ashley Tellis and Travis Tanner, October 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 is a regular lecturer at leading U.S. military institutions, including the United States Military Academy (West Point), the National Defense University, and Army War College. He testifies regularly before Congress and consults with the U.S. Department of Defense. His analysis appears regularly 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 (CSCAP). He is married to Arminda and they have three children—Abigail, Hudson, and Delaney.

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