Roy D. Kamphausen

Special Advisor to the President and Senior Fellow for Chinese Security
The National Bureau of Asian Research

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Roy Kamphausen

Roy D. Kamphausen is Special Advisor to the President and Senior Fellow for Chinese Security at NBR.

Mr. Kamphausen joined NBR in 2004 and formerly served as President (July 2019–June 2024). Prior to that he was President for Research, providing executive leadership to NBR’s policy research agenda and directing engagement with the administration, U.S. Congress, and foreign embassies in Washington, D.C.

As a specialist on a range of U.S.-Asia issues, Mr. Kamphausen has led and contributed substantively to NBR’s research initiatives. He is the author, contributing author, or co-editor of numerous publications, including chapters in NBR’s Strategic Asia series; the Carlisle People’s Liberation Army Conference series, and an NBR Special Report on innovation in India (2015). As Deputy Director of the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property (IP Commission), Mr. Kamphausen contributed to the IP Commission’s Report on the Theft of American Intellectual Property (2013), Update to the IP Commission Report (2017), and IP Commission 2019 Review.

His areas of expertise include China’s People’s Liberation Army, U.S.-China defense relations, East Asian security issues, innovation, and intellectual property protection. He has presented on these topics throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe to government and corporate decision-makers.

Mr. Kamphausen is frequently cited in U.S. and international media, including CNN, the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, National Public Radio, Newsweek, the New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, Epoch Times, and South China Morning Post.

Mr. Kamphausen lectures regularly at leading U.S. military institutions, including the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) and the U.S. Army War College. He also regularly briefs members of Congress and advises leaders in the U.S. Department of Defense.

Prior to joining NBR, Mr. Kamphausen served as a career 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 of Staff, and a military attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

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. He is married to Arminda and they have three children—Abigail, Hudson, and Lane.

Mr. Kamphausen served as a Commissioner on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission from 2018–2021.


Edited Publications

In the Media

Interview with Roy Kamphausen (U.S.-China Dialogue Podcast, Sep 10, 2019)
In Defense of Diplomacy with China (ChinaFile, Sep 10, 2020)