Alex Stephenson is a program specialist with the China team at USIP. He focuses on U.S.-China relations, the People’s Liberation Army and Chinese defense policy, and Indo-Pacific security.
He previously worked as a research assistant at Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), where his research focused on the Chinese military's adoption of artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies. Prior to CSET, Stephenson served as a surface warfare officer in the U.S. Navy.
Stephenson is currently pursuing a master’s in Asian studies with a concentration in security and politics at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. In addition to his studies, he serves as an editor for the Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs. He holds bachelor’s degrees in business administration and Asian studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He speaks Mandarin.