Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt

Former Director, Asia-Pacific Program

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Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt joined the U.S. Institute of Peace as Director of the Asia-Pacific Program in August 2013.

Previously, she set up and ran the Beijing office of the International Crisis Group for five years, engaging in research, analysis and promotion of policy prescriptions on the role of China in conflict areas around the world and its relations with neighboring countries.

Kleine-Ahlbrandt worked as an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations from 2006 to 2007. Prior to that she worked for the United Nations for a decade where she focused on the African continent and served as Officer-in-Charge of the Asia-Pacific region. Previously, Kleine-Ahlbrandt was seconded by the U.S. Department of State to the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, investigated genocide and other human rights violations for the United Nations in Rwanda (1994-1995), and worked with the Legal Affairs Directorate of the Council of Europe.

Kleine-Ahlbrandt has written extensively on China’s foreign policy, Chinese views of the strategic environment, Sino-U.S. relations, Chinese assessments of the Iran nuclear issue, the Korean peninsula, maritime disputes in the East and South China Seas, China-Central Asian relations, China-Myanmar relations and China-Africa relations. Her writings have been published in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Le Monde, Die Zeit and the International Herald Tribune, as well as various edited volumes on Asian security. Kleine-Ahlbrandt is also the author of a book on post-genocide Rwanda.


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June 9, 2014

The U.S. and China have dramatically different perspectives and approaches on North Korea’s nuclear weapons development, even though both say they want the program shut down. So how to find common ground? Stephanie T. Kleine-Ahlbrandt, USIP’s director of Asia-Pacific programs, tells a congressionally established commission, “There are no good options, only a series of trade-offs.”