Paul Haenle

Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
Haenle served as the director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolian Affairs on the National Security Council staffs of former president George W. Bush and President Barack Obama prior to joining Carnegie.


MA, Harvard University 
BS, Clarkson University


Chinese; English; German


Paul Haenle is the director of the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center based at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. In addition to running the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center, Haenle is also an adjunct professor at Tsinghua, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses to Chinese and international students on international relations and global governance. 

Prior to joining Carnegie, he served from June 2007 to June 2009 as the director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolian Affairs on the National Security Council staffs of former president George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. From June 2007 to January 2009, Haenle also played a key role as the White House representative to the U.S. negotiating team at the six-party-talks nuclear negotiations. From May 2004 to June 2007, he served as the executive assistant to the U.S. national security adviser.

Trained as a China foreign area officer in the U.S. Army, Haenle has been assigned twice to the U.S. embassy in Beijing, served as a U.S. Army company commander during a two-year tour to the Republic of Korea, and worked in the Pentagon as an adviser on China, Taiwan, and Mongolia Affairs on the staff of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Early assignments in the U.S. Army included postings in Germany, Desert Storm, Korea, and Kuwait. He retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel in October 2009.

  • Podcast August 21, 2014
    China’s Regional Trade and Investment Agenda

    Chinese officials view the Shanghai Free Trade Zone as a means to create a pro-reform environment domestically and create the conditions for the conclusion of a U.S.-China Bilateral Investment Treaty and even an eventual accession to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

  • Podcast July 30, 2014
    The TPP and RCEP: Regional Trade Agreements with Tim Stratford

    While the two major Asia-Pacific trade initiatives, the TPP and RCEP, differ in their levels of ambition, they share common aims and hold the potential to bring important positive economic and geopolitical benefits to the region.

  • Podcast July 9, 2014
    The Future of China-Pakistan Relations With Dan Markey

    Pakistan has the potential to serve as transit hub from energy-rich Central Asian states to China, and even India, but only if its leaders can overcome deep-rooted political barriers.

  • Podcast June 25, 2014
    One Year After Sunnylands: Assessing the U.S.-China Relationship

    U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Asia in April 2014 underscored the importance of the U.S.-China relationship one year after the landmark U.S.-China Summit at the Sunnylands estate.

  • Article June 10, 2014 عربي 中文
    Moving Beyond China’s Confident Rhetoric on Syria

    China is unusually secure in its policy of nonintervention in the Syrian conflict. But will strong rhetoric and vetoes be enough?

  • Podcast June 6, 2014
    Assessing China’s Foreign Policy Under Xi (Part II)

    Contradictions in Chinese and U.S. policies and actions in the Asia-Pacific lead to growing mistrust and misunderstanding in a vital region of the world.

  • Podcast May 27, 2014
    Assessing China’s Foreign Policy Under Xi (Part I)

    Chinese President Xi Jinping is pursing a more active approach to solving global and regional issues, with “Chinese characteristics.”

  • Podcast May 14, 2014
    The U.S.-Japan Alliance in East Asia (Part II)

    While the United States cannot and should not necessarily defer to all of China's core interests, it must recognize that China’s desire to have greater control over its immediate environment in the Western Pacific is a fundamental underlying issue in the bilateral relationship.

  • Podcast April 29, 2014
    The U.S.-Japan Alliance in East Asia (Part I)

    The United States and Japan must strike a delicate balance between improving their ability to anticipate and respond to crises and being perceived as attempting to contain China or remilitarize northeast Asia.

  • Podcast April 12, 2014
    Chinese Nuclear Security Cooperation

    China and the United States share common goals on nuclear security and should not let other tensions in the bilateral relationship disrupt their multilateral cooperation on this important issue.

  • Phoenix Television March 7, 2014
    Changes and Breakthroughs in China's Diplomacy

    As a rising power, China has a central role to play in resolving critical global challenges.

  • China Radio International April 13, 2013
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Visits China

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s first visit to China will likely see a focus on security on the Korean peninsula, the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, and cyber security.

  • BBC March 7, 2013
    China's Foreign Policy Challenges

    North Korean nuclear issues, territorial disputes, and the relationship with the United States are the key issues affecting China’s foreign policy in 2013.

  • Huanqiu Net December 7, 2012
    U.S.-China Cooperation

    The leadership transition in both the United States and China has provided fresh opportunities for both countries to put aside differences and work together on issues of global significance.

  • AmCham-ChinaNovember 14 November 14, 2012
    How the U.S. Election Played in China

    Increasing Chinese interest in the U.S. political system presents an opportunity to improve Sino-U.S. ties, but also puts a spotlight on tensions and misunderstandings between the two countries.

  • State on Demand February 17, 2012
    The U.S.-China Security Dynamic

    Although the U.S.-China relationship benefits from deep economic and trade ties, the military-to-military relationship between the two nations is not as strong as it should be.

  • Phoenix TV January 18, 2011
    The United States, China and the North Korean Nuclear Dilemma

    The status of North Korea has a strong affect on bilateral relations between the United States and China.


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