Rush Doshi

Senior Fellow for China and Indo-Pacific Studies and Director of the Initiative on China Strategy

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Rush Doshi is senior fellow for China and Indo-Pacific studies and director of the initiative on China strategy at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). His expertise includes China’s foreign policy, U.S. strategy toward China, cross-strait issues, and Indo-Pacific security.

Before joining CFR, Doshi was deputy senior director for China and Taiwan on President Joe Biden’s National Security Council (NSC), where he served from 2021 to 2024 and helped manage the NSC’s first China directorate. During his tenure, Doshi coordinated U.S. government policy on China and Taiwan, drafted the administration’s China strategy, and negotiated with PRC counterparts. For five months in 2021, he was the U.S. government’s lead action officer coordinating the negotiations that launched AUKUS, a trilateral security partnership for the Indo-Pacific region between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Doshi is an incoming assistant professor in Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. He is the author of The Long Game: China’s Grand Strategy to Displace American Order (Oxford University Press, 2021). Doshi was also coeditor of Global China: Assessing China’s Growing Role in the World (Brookings, 2021). His research has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, as well as in peer-reviewed academic publications such as International Organization and Asia Policy. He has testified before the Senate Commerce Committee and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

Prior to his government service, Doshi was a fellow at the Brookings Institution and Yale Law School’s Paul Tsai China Center. Doshi also served as coordinator of the Asia policy working group for the Biden 2020 presidential campaign. He was previously a non-resident senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, special adviser to the CEO of the Asia Group, and a Wilson Center China Fellow. He has also served five years as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Doshi received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in public policy with a minor in East Asian Studies and his PhD from Harvard University focusing on Chinese foreign policy. He was also a Fulbright fellow in China and is proficient in Mandarin.


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