Dan Blumenthal is the director of Asian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on East Asian security issues and Sino-American relations.  Mr. Blumenthal has both served in and advised the U.S. government on China issues for over a decade.  From 2001 to 2004, he served as senior director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolia at the Department of Defense.  Additionally, he served as a commissioner on the congressionally-mandated U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission since 2006-2012, and held the position of vice chairman in 2007.  He has also served on the Academic Advisory Board of the congressional U.S.-China Working Group. Mr. Blumenthal is the co-author of “An Awkward Embrace: The United States and China in the 21st Century” (AEI Press, November 2012).


  • John A. van Beuren Chair Distinguished Visiting Professor, U.S. Naval War College, February 2014-Present
  • Member, Board of Advisers, Project 2049 Institute, 2008-present
  • Commissioner, 2006-2012; Vice Chairman, 2007, U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission
  • Member, Academic Advisory Board, Congressional U.S.-China Working Group, 2005-2007
  • Senior Country Director for China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Mongolia, 2004; Country Director for China and Taiwan, 2002-2004, Secretary of Defense’s Office for International Security Affairs, Department of Defense
  • Associate, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, 2000-2002
  • Researcher, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 1994-96


J.D., Duke Law School
M.A., School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
B.A., Washington University
Chinese language studies, Capital Normal University