Patricia M. Kim is a senior policy analyst with the China program. Her areas of expertise include Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations, and East Asian security issues.

Previously, Dr. Kim was the Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations where she focused on China’s role in the Korean Peninsula and implications for the North Korean nuclear crisis, managing U.S.-China great power competition, and Northeast Asian politics. She also held positions as a postdoctoral fellow at the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program at Princeton University, and an international security program research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Dr. Kim’s writing has been featured in publications such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, International Security, The South China Morning Post, and The Washington Post. Her book chapter on China’s strategy in Northeast Asia was published in NBR’s Strategic Asia 2019 volume, and she has a working book manuscript on U.S.-China negotiations from the 1970s to the present day. Patricia has testified before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade.

Patricia received her PhD from the Department of Politics at Princeton University and her BA with highest distinction in political science and Asian studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Korean.

Publications By Patricia

As U.S.-China Ties Slide, Trump and Xi Look to Bridge Divide

As U.S.-China Ties Slide, Trump and Xi Look to Bridge Divide

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

By: Patricia M. Kim; Jacob Stokes

President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are set to have an “extended meeting” on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan this week. The summit comes amid an escalating trade dispute and a recent U.S. decision to ban five Chinese tech companies from buying U.S. equipment without government approval. Beyond trade and technology issues, Trump and Xi are expected to discuss nuclear negotiations with North Korea—following Xi’s meeting last week with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un—and increased U.S.-Iran tensions. USIP’s Patricia Kim and Jacob Stokes analyze how the trade dispute has impacted the bilateral relationship and prospects for cooperation between Washington and Beijing.

Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue

Patricia Kim on North Korea Diplomacy

Patricia Kim on North Korea Diplomacy

Thursday, March 14, 2019

By: Patricia M. Kim

Patricia Kim analyzes the failure of the Hanoi Summit. “China should lean in,” says Kim discussing the spectrum of tools Beijing has available from diplomacy to unilateral sanctions. In future negotiations, the U.S. should focus on “hammering out a clearly defined and time bound roadmap that ends with the de-nuclearization of North Korea.”

Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue

On to Vietnam: What Will Happen at the Second Trump-Kim Summit?

On to Vietnam: What Will Happen at the Second Trump-Kim Summit?

Thursday, February 7, 2019

By: Frank Aum; Jacob Stokes; Patricia M. Kim

At the State of the Union address this week, President Trump announced that he will again meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the end of February in Vietnam for their second face-to-face negotiations. The president’s announcement follows recent comments from U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun indicating that the U.S. is prepared to negotiate on both denuclearization and peace simultaneously—an approach that the Trump and former administrations previously eschewed. USIP’s North Korea and China experts examine the potential shift in U.S. policy and what concerns key regional players have over the next summit.

Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue

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