Dewardric L. McNeal
Dewardric L. McNeal is Managing Director and Senior Policy Analysts at Longview Global, LLC, an international boutique firm that provides strategic guidance, policy analysis, and government relations services to clients seeking to better understand or shape complex and challenging global geo-political events and long-term trends. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors at the National Bureau of Asian Research.
He is a former Obama Administration appointee to the U.S. Department of Defense where he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy working on East Asia and China security relations with the United States. He was appointed by President Obama in May 2009 after serving on the 2008 Obama for America Campaign’s Asia Advisor Team. Prior to joining the Obama Administration he served as the Assistant Director for International Programs at the Brookings Institution’s John L. Thornton China Center. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Brookings Institution’s first foreign joint research center, which is located in Beijing at the Tsinghua University’s School of Public Policy.
After leaving the Obama Administration he joined the senior management team at OIC International, an international development organization with offices and partnerships throughout sub-Saharan Africa. As Director of Global Strategy and Policy, he was the principal strategic advisor to the President and Chief Executive Officer at OIC International responsible for the organization’s China engagement and Africa growth strategy and advised the organization on policy and strategic matters.
His early career included positions as the Special Assistant to the Director of Information at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles and as an analyst in the Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division of the Congressional Research Service (CRS).
Dewardric serves on the board of the American Mandarin Society. He has deep knowledge of international affairs, trade and security policy and has an extensive network and relationships in Washington, Beijing, and capitals throughout Asia, Europe, and Africa.
He is a graduate of Morehouse College (B.A. International Affairs), and studied at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies, and studied Mandarin at Nanjing University.