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 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.

  • Op-Ed China International Strategy Review April 9, 2014
    U.S.-China Relations: Moving Beyond the Script

    China’s dramatic rise in economic power and international clout presents Beijing and Washington with the challenge of how to manage relations between a rising power and a status quo power.

  • Podcast March 25, 2014
    Debunking the Myths of China’s Perspective on North Korea (Part II)

    China and the United States share an interest in addressing North Korean nuclear proliferation. A failure of Beijing’s or Washington’s North Korea policy should be viewed as a collective failure.

  • Podcast March 18, 2014
    Debunking the Myths of China’s Perspective on North Korea (Part I)

    Americans often criticize China for enabling North Korean nuclear proliferation, but from Beijing’s perspective, their peaceful development approach to Pyongyang’s defiance is less costly and more effective than U.S. pressure.

  • Podcast March 13, 2014
    View from Moscow: The Ukraine Crisis (Part II)

    While the West accuses Putin of dealing with Ukraine over the barrel of a gun, Russians largely commend his role in helping Crimea make the right historical choice, in their view, to side with Russia.

  • Podcast March 11, 2014
    View from Moscow: The Ukraine Crisis (Part I)

    In the lead up to Crimea’s referendum to join Russia, experts discuss the Ukrainians’ true aspirations, Putin’s thinking, the West’s leverage, and the impact of the Ukraine crisis on the Russia-China relationship.

  • Podcast March 6, 2014
    China’s Perspective on the Ukraine Crisis

    Beijing hopes a neutral stance toward the ongoing events in Ukraine will satisfy both its aversion to foreign interference in internal affairs as well as its even stronger disapproval of Western and U.S. support for dissidents and popular uprisings.

  • Podcast February 11, 2014
    China’s Peaceful Development Policy

    China’s policy toward developing countries must move past the concept of peaceful development and focus on addressing concrete policy challenges shared by both sides.

  • Article February 3, 2014 中文
    Baucus Can Bring China to Congress

    Senator Max Baucus’s experience in the U.S. Congress could help him have a lasting impact on U.S.-China relations.

  • Podcast January 23, 2014
    “Reverse Haggling” in China

    Questions still remain about the plans established by the Third Plenum of the 18th Party Congress to make market forces the driving factor behind China’s economy.

  • 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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