David Gitter

Nonresident Fellow
The National Bureau of Asia Research (NBR)

David Gitter

David Gitter is a PhD student at Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) and the founder and principal of Erelas LLC, where he leads specialized research of Indo-Pacific affairs to inform public and private sector stakeholders. In his former role as president of the Center for Advanced China Research from 2016 to 2023, he focused his research on developing systems and methods for stakeholders and specialists to understand political messaging disseminated by the People’s Republic of China. At SPIA, David dedicates himself to investing in his subject-matter knowledge and research competencies in deterrence messaging and practice, coercive diplomacy, great power rivalry, and other topics relevant to U.S.-China competition and co-existence.

David previously worked in various analytical capacities in the private, public, and non-profit sectors, including the U.S. Congressional Research Service (CRS), the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (OUSDP), and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), focusing on Chinese foreign policy and broader Asian security issues. David received his MA in Asian studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, where he subsequently oversaw the establishment of the David A. Gitter Endowment for Contemporary China Studies, a $1 million fund to train the next generation of contemporary China experts through Mandarin language immersion in China and graduate-level coursework. He has lived, worked, and studied in Beijing, China and has working proficiency in Mandarin. David is a Nonresident Fellow at the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR).