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I-wei Jennifer Chang is a 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.

Publications By I-Wei Jennifer

As U.S. Steps Up Syria Action, Where is China?

As U.S. Steps Up Syria Action, Where is China?

Friday, April 7, 2017

By: Jennifer Staats ; I-wei Jennifer Chang

Yesterday’s air strikes drove a bigger wedge between the American and Chinese positions on Syria. Although China has eschewed military engagement and lacks political leverage over major players in Syria’s conflict, Beijing could do more to provide humanitarian aid. Playing a proactive role now would not only help the Syrian people, but would also help Beijing expand its global leadership on conflict management and alleviate concerns about its intentions.

Violent Extremism; Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Global Policy

China’s Kashmir Policies and Crisis Management in South Asia

China’s Kashmir Policies and Crisis Management in South Asia

Thursday, February 9, 2017

By: I-wei Jennifer Chang

China’s policy on the Kashmir conflict between India and Pakistan has a significant impact on regional stabilization and crisis management efforts in South Asia. Beijing also plays an important third-party role in helping deescalate hostilities between the two countries. This brief discusses the evolution of China’s Kashmir policies over the past several decades and examines Chinese cooperation with the United States during periods of crises between the South Asian rivals. 

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Global Policy

China’s Role in Myanmar’s Peace Process

China’s Role in Myanmar’s Peace Process

Friday, September 2, 2016

By: I-wei Jennifer Chang; Jennifer Staats ; Katherine "Kay" Spencer

Myanmar’s new leader, Daw Aung Sang Suu Kyi, has made the country’s peace process one of her top policy priorities—and China is taking steps to support her efforts. The Chinese government has positioned itself to become a prominent player in the peace talks in Myanmar, and this week’s session provides a particularly good opportunity to examine the kind of role that China might play and the extent to which Beijing is willing—and able—to use its leverage over ethnic armed groups to help advance...

Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue; Peace Processes

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