I-wei Jennifer Chang is a senior program specialist in the China Program at the U.S. Institute of Peace. She works on research, writing and project development to better understand China’s role in global conflict zones—namely, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Burma and African countries. Chang joined USIP after working as a research assistant in international affairs and U.S. foreign policy focusing on the Indo-Asia Pacific at the Embassy of India in Washington, D.C. from 2015 to mid-2016. She has also written numerous articles and a book chapter on China’s economic and diplomatic relations with Middle Eastern countries with a recent focus on Chinese policies on the Arab uprisings. She is a contributor to the Middle East Institute’s “Middle East-Asia Project.” Her research interests include Chinese diplomacy and foreign policy in the Indo-Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, as well as Chinese peacebuilding efforts and approaches to counterterrorism.
Chang received a Bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and two Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations from the University of Maryland. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.