Robert S. Wang is a senior associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service (SFS). He was a career foreign service officer in the U.S. Department of State from 1984-2016. Bob last served as the U.S. senior official for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) from 2013-2015 and as the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing from 2011-2013. He was a senior adviser at Covington & Burling LLP from 2016-18 and a visiting fellow with the Freeman Chair in China Studies at CSIS from 2009-2010.
Previous to this, Dr. Wang was deputy director of the American Institute in Taiwan from 2006-2009. He has served abroad in Tokyo (1985–1987), Hong Kong (1987–1990), Shanghai (1994–1997), Singapore (1997–2000), and Beijing (2001–2005). He also served as Cambodia desk officer at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. (1991–1993). Dr. Wang attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University (2000–2001) and was the State Department's Diplomat in Residence at the University of California, Los Angeles (2005–2006). He earned his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Iowa in 1976. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he was an assistant professor of international relations at Whittier College in California (1977–1984).