Jude Blanchette Joins CSIS as Freeman Chair in China Studies
August 9, 2019
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is pleased to announce a reconfiguration of its China portfolio: the arrival of Jude Blanchette as Freeman Chair in China Studies, the appointment of Scott Kennedy as Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics, and the naming of Christopher K. Johnson, previously Freeman Chair, as affiliated senior fellow at CSIS attached to the president’s office.
The three, along with Bonnie Glaser, director of the China Power Project, serve under the leadership of senior vice president for Asia, Michael J. Green, to comprise one of the strongest China teams in Washington.
“Our ability to peacefully manage China’s rise will shape the twenty-first century,” said John J. Hamre, CSIS president and CEO. “We have to get this right, and we are delighted to have Jude joining what is already a strong team. Jude’s insights into Chinese decisionmaking and the relationship between state and society are quite remarkable.”
Mr. Blanchette previously led Crumpton Group’s China practice. He has spent over a decade in Beijing in various capacities, including as the engagement director at The Conference Board’s China Center for Economics and Business, where he led the Center’s research on China’s political environment. Prior to working at The Conference Board, he was the assistant director of the 21st Century China Program at the University of California, San Diego. His recent book, titled China’s New Red Guards: The Return of Radicalism and the Rebirth of Mao Zedong, was published this year by Oxford University Press. Mr. Blanchette holds an M.A. in modern Chinese studies from the University of Oxford and a B.A. in economics from Loyola University in Maryland.
Mr. Kennedy came to CSIS in 2015. A leading authority on China’s economic policy and its global economic relations, his primary areas of focus include industrial policy, technology innovation, business lobbying, U.S.-China commercial relations, and global governance. Mr. Kennedy has been traveling to China for over 30 years. Previously, Mr. Kennedy was a professor at Indiana University and director of its Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business. He received his Ph.D. in political science from George Washington University and his M.A. in China studies from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Mr. Johnson was the Freeman Chair in China Studies at CSIS from 2012 to 2019. An accomplished Asian affairs specialist, he spent nearly two decades serving in the U.S. government’s intelligence and foreign affairs communities and has extensive experience analyzing and working in Asia on a diverse set of country-specific and transnational issues. Mr. Johnson holds an M.A. in security policy studies from George Washington University and a B.A. in history and political science from the University of California at San Diego.