Shannon Hayden

Associate Director, Southeast Asia Program

Shannon Hayden is associate director of the Southeast Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining CSIS in 2015, Ms. Hayden worked for Vice News, reporting on Asia-Pacific political and security developments; as a consultant in Singapore, focusing on the oil and gas, conservation, and logistics sectors in Indonesia, Thailand, and Myanmar; and contributed to former assistant secretary of state Kurt Campbell’s book The Pivot: The Future of American Statecraft in Asia. She previously served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where she was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service. During her time at the Pentagon, Ms. Hayden worked on U.S. military force posture in the Asia-Pacific region, helping to manage major force movements in Australia (U.S. Marines and air assets) and Singapore (littoral combat ships) and was country director for China, where she assisted in shaping the military relationship between the United States and China. Ms. Hayden also worked at CSIS and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan-related post-conflict reconstruction issues. She holds a master’s degree from George Washington University in international law and organizations and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia in international relations and art history.

Contact Information
Email: shayden [at]
Tel: 202.775.3278