Lily McElwee

Deputy Director and Fellow, Freeman Chair in China Studies
Lily McElwee

Lily McElwee serves as deputy director and fellow in the Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where she researches China’s foreign policy and international engagement. She has particular interests in U.S.-China relations, EU-China relations, and China’s evolving relations with the Global South. At CSIS, she co-leads the Interpret: China project and the CSIS-Brookings project Advancing Collaboration in an Era of Strategic Competition. Dr. McElwee is currently writing a book on the history of U.S. investment gatekeeping amid the rise of China as a strategy and policy fellow with the Smith Richardson Foundation. She has completed fellowships with the American Council on Germany and CSIS-USC U.S.-Korea NextGen scholar program. She holds a DPhil in China studies and an MSc from the University of Oxford, and a BA with honors in political science from Stanford University.

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