Douglas H. Paal

Nonresident Scholar
Asia Program
Paal previously served as vice chairman of JPMorgan Chase International and as unofficial U.S. representative to Taiwan as director of the American Institute in Taiwan.


PhD, History and East Asian Languages, Harvard University
AM, AB, Chinese Studies and Asian History, Brown University 


Chinese; Japanese


Douglas H. Paal is a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He previously served as vice chairman of JPMorgan Chase International (2006–2008) and was an unofficial U.S. representative to Taiwan as director of the American Institute in Taiwan (2002–2006). He was on the National Security Council staffs of Presidents Reagan and George H. W. Bush between 1986 and 1993 as director of Asian Affairs and then as senior director and special assistant to the president.

Paal held positions in the policy planning staff at the State Department, as a senior analyst for the CIA, and at U.S. embassies in Singapore and Beijing. He has spoken and published frequently on Asian affairs and national security issues.

  • More Turbulence Ahead? U.S.-China Relations After the Midterm Elections
    November 8, 2018 Beijing 中文
    More Turbulence Ahead? U.S.-China Relations After the Midterm Elections

    As frictions between the the U.S. and China rise, can leaders find ways to resolve security and trade disputes and establish a framework to manage competition in order to avoid zero-sum conflict?

  • October 5, 2018 Washington, DC 中文
    Turning Nuclear Swords Into Plowshares in North Korea

    A half-day conference—featuring scholars and former officials from Japan, the United States, and South Korea—will examine practical denuclearization options that can enhance collective security and contribute to a more stable foundation for regional peace.

  • May 1, 2018 Washington, DC 中文
    Denuclearizing North Korea: Practicalities and Politics

    In the aftermath of the inter-Korean summit on April 27, and ahead of planned U.S.-North Korea talks, please join Carnegie for a deep dive on the practicalities and politics of denuclearizing North Korea.

  • Japan-Korea
    March 8, 2018 Washington, DC
    Japan-Korea Relations 20 Years After the Kim-Obuchi Summit

    Nearly twenty years ago, the leaders of Japan and South Korea raised hopes for “a new Japan-Korea partnership for the twenty-first century,” backed by an action plan to foster broader cooperation and closer people-to-people ties.

  • February 15, 2018 Washington, DC 中文
    Taiwan Strait Update

    Recently, China unilaterally changed an aviation route, designated M503, without consulting Taiwan. This move has chilled relations between the two countries and threatened cooperative flight agreements on both sides.

  • U.S.-Japan Historical Reconciliation
    November 30, 2017 Washington, DC
    Post-War U.S.-Japan Reconciliation: Strategic Benefits of Healing

    Decades of concerted effort between the United States and Japan has brought about a remarkable level of reconciliation, not only providing significant strategic benefit to both nations, but also contributing to the peace and stability of the international community.

  • November 13, 2017 Beijing 中文
    Assessing Trump’s State Visit to China

    Trump’s first state visit to China presents an opportunity for the two countries’ leaders to build on their working relationship and tackle looming issues in the bilateral relationship like trade and security.

  • Hong Kong at night
    October 16, 2017 Washington, DC 中文
    Hong Kong: A Snapshot Twenty Years After the Handover

    It has been just over twenty years since the handover of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to the People’s Republic of China. In that time, the city has continued to be economically dynamic, but faces social, economic, and political challenges.

  • Xi Jinping
    October 6, 2017 Washington, DC 中文
    Demystifying the Chinese Party Congress

    The upcoming Nineteenth National Congress of the Communist Party of China is a milestone event that begins October 18.

  • October 2, 2017 Washington, DC 中文
    China’s Economy After the Party Congress

    As China’s 19th Party Congress approached, Carnegie scholars discussed the economic fundamentals that challenge China and the new leadership that will emerge from it.

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