Jacob Stokes is a senior policy analyst in the China Program at the U.S. Institute of Peace, where his work focuses on China’s foreign and security policies and U.S. policy in Asia. He previously served in the White House on the national security staff of Vice President Joe Biden, where he was senior advisor to the national security advisor as well as acting special advisor to the vice president for Asia policy. He has also worked in the U.S. Congress as a professional staff member on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission and as foreign and defense policy advisor for Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).

Outside of government, Stokes has been a fellow at the Center for a New American Security and an analyst at the National Security Network. His writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, and Politico Magazine, and his analysis has been featured in The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and Bloomberg. He is a fellow with the Truman National Security Project, where he co-leads the Asia Expert Group. Stokes holds a master's from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and undergraduate degrees from the University of Missouri.

Publications By Jacob

India-Pakistan Tensions Test China’s Relationships, Crisis Management Role

India-Pakistan Tensions Test China’s Relationships, Crisis Management Role

Thursday, March 7, 2019

By: Jacob Stokes; Jennifer Staats

The latest India-Pakistan crisis has put China in a difficult position, as it tries to balance its relationships with both countries, while helping to stave off a conflict and demonstrate its ability to manage and resolve crises. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke to leaders in both Pakistan and India last week, urging them to practice restraint and find a way to deescalate the situation. Despite Pakistan’s request for China to play a more active role, competing priorities constrained the degree to which Beijing could lead—highlighting a chronic challenge for Chinese diplomacy in South Asia. China’s decision to keep a low profile is likely deliberate and in keeping with longstanding practice, but it is inconsistent with Beijing’s aspirations to lead in Asian crisis diplomacy.

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; 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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