Abraham M. Denmark

Senior Vice President for Political and Security Affairs & External Relations

Senior Vice President for Political and Security Affairs & External Relations
The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR)

Abraham M. Denmark is Senior Vice President for Political and Security Affairs and External Relations at NBR, where he manages a team of resident and non-resident experts and staff to bring objective, detailed analysis of geopolitical trends and challenges in Asia to the attention of policymakers in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Denmark has significant experience both inside and outside government. He previously worked as a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security and served in the Pentagon as Country Director for China Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Mr. Denmark is widely published, having authored several book chapters and reports on U.S. strategy toward the Asia-Pacific region and the global commons. He has been featured in major media outlets in the United States and Asia, including NPR, the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, the Global Times, World Affairs, the Washington Quarterly, the U.S. Naval War College Review, Newsweek, Time, and the New York Times. Mr. Denmark regularly lectures at leading universities and learning centers around the world, including Peking University and the U.S. Naval War College.

Mr. Denmark also serves as an Senior Advisor at the Center for Naval Analyses and is on the Advisory Council of the Emerging Science and Technology Policy Centre. He is a member of the National Committee on United States–China Relations, the U.S. Naval Institute, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He has received several awards and was named a 21st Century Leader by the National Committee on American Foreign Policy. Mr. Denmark holds an MA in International Security from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, and received a BA in History with Honors from the University of Northern Colorado. He has also studied at China’s Foreign Affairs University and Peking University.

Contact: DC Office

Current Projects

Strategic Asia

Future of Alliances

PLA Conference

Approaching Critical Mass

Mapping Pakistan’s Internal Dynamics: Implications for
State Stability and Regional Security

Strategic Assistance : Disaster Relief and Asia-Pacific Stability

Myanmar’s Regional Reemergence: Assessing the Future

China’s Rising Leaders

Kenneth B. and Anne H.H. Pyle Center For Northeast Asian Studies

Past Projects and Publications

Old Alliance for the New Century: Reinvigorating the U.S.-Thailand Alliance

2012 PLA Conference

Strategic Asia 2012-13: Asia’s Military Challenge

Northeast Asia in Transition: New Leadersip, New Dynamics (Pyle Center Conference)

Beijing and the Chinese Diaspora in Southeast Asia

The Paradox of China’s Soft Power Strategy

Selected Publications

Edited Volumes

Contested Commons: The Future of American Power in a Multipolar World (Washington DC: Center for a New American Security, Jan. 2010), project director, lead author and co-editor with James Mulvenon.

The U.S.-ROK Alliance in the 21st Century
(Seoul: Korea Institute for National Unification, 2009), U.S. project lead and co-editor with Bae Jung-ho.

Book Chapters

“PLA Logistics 2004-2011: Lessons Learned in the Field” in Learning by Doing: The PLA Trains at Home and Abroad (Carlisle, PA: Strategic Studies Institute, 2012).

Asia’s Security and the Contested Global Commons,” in Ashley Tellis et al, eds., Strategic Asia 2010-11: Asia’s Rising Power and America’s Continued Purpose (Seattle: The National Bureau of Asian Research, 2010).

Reports and Testimony

Working Group Study on U.S.-China Nuclear Dynamics
, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI), with Elbridge Colby.

“The Uncertain Rise of China’s Military,”
Testimony before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission
(March 2011).

Securing South Korea: A Strategic Alliance for the 21st Century,
Center for a New American Security (Dec. 2010), with Zachary Hosford.

Renewal: Revitalizing the U.S.-Japan Alliance, Center for a New American Security (Nov. 2010), with Patrick Cronin and Daniel Kliman.

Cornerstone: A Future Agenda for the U.S.-Japan Alliance, Center for a New American Security (June 2010), with Daniel Kliman.

Taiwan’s Gamble: The Cross-Strait Rapprochement and its Implications for U.S. Policy, Center for a New American Security (Dec. 2009), with Richard Fontaine.

Hard Lessons: Navigating Negotiations with the DPRK, Center for a New American Security (November 2011), with Z. Hosford and M. Zubrow.

China’s Arrival: A Strategic Framework for a Global Relationship, Center for a New American Security (Sept. 2009), edited with Nirav Patel.


“A New Type of Great Power Relations and the Global Commons,”
American Foreign Policy Interest,

“Don’t Worry About Containing China,”
Lowy Interpreter,
July 18, 2012.

“Beijing’s ‘Starter Carrier’ and Future Steps: Alternatives and Implications,”
U.S. Naval War College Review
(Winter, 2012), with Andrew Erickson and Gabe Collins.

“The Fraying of China’s Gilded Age,”
The Diplomat
(Nov. 25, 2011).

“Declining Capabilities and a Rising Subsurface Threat,”
(Oct. 2011).

“The Long Goodbye: The Future of North Korea,”
World Affairs Journal
(May/June 2011), with Robert D. Kaplan.

“North Korea: To Feed, or Not to Feed,”
National Interest
(March 10, 2011), with Patrick Cronin.

“How to Get Southeast Asia Right,”
The Diplomat
(Feb. 2, 2011), with Daniel Kliman.

“From Tahrir to Tiananmen,”
(Feb. 1, 2011).

“The Future of U.S. Alliances in Asia,”
Global Asia
(Dec. 2010), with Brian Burton.

“China’s Naval Buildup and its Implications for the Asia-Pacific Region,”
World Politics Review
(Sept. 14, 2010).

“Power Transfer Will Shake North Korea,”
Financial Times
(Sept. 8, 2010), with Robert D. Kaplan.

“Rising China tests the waters,”
Asia Times
(Aug. 19, 2010), with Daniel Kliman.

“Managing the Global Commons,”
Washington Quarterly
(Summer 2010).

“S. China Sea: A chance for Indonesian Leadership,”
Jakarta Post
(July 22, 2010).

“The Wrath of Kan,”
(June 3, 2010).

“With Clinton in Japan, a Chance to Show the Alliance’s Strength,”
(May 21, 2010), with Daniel Kliman.

“China’s Navy Gets Its Act Together, and Gets Aggressive,”
Wired’s Danger Room
(April 26, 2010).

“This is What Victory Looks Like,”
(Feb. 9, 2010).

“Change the U.S. Can Believe In,”
Far Eastern Economic Review
(Aug. 19, 2009).

“Consider our Allies; Be Wary of China,”
Baltimore Sun
(July 27, 2009).

“Déjà Vu All Over Again,”
Korea Times
(May 13, 2009).


Edited Publications
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