CFR Welcomes New Fellows on Trade, Asia, and Latin America

July 31, 2019

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July 31, 2019—The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) welcomes three new fellows to the David Rockefeller Studies Program: Jennifer A. Hillman, Mira Rapp-Hooper, and Paul J. Angelo.

Jennifer A. Hillman joins as senior fellow for trade and international political economy, based in Washington, DC. At CFR, Hillman is examining challenges to the rules-based trading system, and the trade and technology disputes with China.

In 2012, Hillman completed her term as one of seven members serving on the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body. She previously served as commissioner at the United States International Trade Commission and as general counsel at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), addressing the intersection of trade policy, trade law, and foreign policy. She negotiated bilateral agreements with forty-five countries while serving as USTR’s ambassador and chief textiles negotiator. Hillman continues as a professor of practice at the Georgetown University Law Center. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Duke University.

Mira Rapp-Hooper joins as the Stephen A. Schwarzman senior fellow for Asia studies, based in New York City. At CFR, Rapp-Hooper, the inaugural holder of the Schwarzman fellowship, is assessing the future of U.S. security strategy toward China and Asia more broadly. She will direct a roundtable series on the same topic. Her first book, Shields of the Republic: The Triumph and Peril of America’s Alliances, is forthcoming with Harvard University Press. Her second, The Day After Trump: The Future of American Strategy and the International Order, coauthored with Rebecca Lissner, is forthcoming with Yale University Press.

Rapp-Hooper was a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at CFR in 2013–2014. She returns to CFR after serving as a senior fellow in the Asia Security Program at the Center for a New American Security from 2015–2017 and as a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and director of its Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative from 2014–2015. She was the Asia policy coordinator for the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign; is a David Rockefeller fellow of the Trilateral Commission; and a senior editor at War on the Rocks. Rapp-Hooper continues as a senior fellow at the Paul Tsai China Center at Yale Law School. She holds a B.A. in history from Stanford University and an M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.

Paul J. Angelo joins as fellow for Latin America studies, based in Washington, DC. Angelo’s work at CFR examines violence in Latin America, and he will convene a series of roundtables on security and justice challenges in the region.

Angelo previously served as a CFR International Affairs Fellow at the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and is a former active-duty naval officer. During his naval career, he served as a liaison for the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá and was responsible for the planning of interagency missions focused on improving local governance, rule of law, and security in support of Plan Colombia. In 2011 he spearheaded the coordination and implementation of an embassy-sponsored humanitarian mission to vulnerable populations along Colombia’s Pacific coast. He previously taught Latin American politics at the U.S. Naval Academy. He is currently completing his Ph.D. at University College London, and was a recipient of Rhodes and Truman scholarships.

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome these three distinguished scholars to the David Rockefeller Studies Program,” said CFR Senior Vice President and Director of Studies James M. Lindsay. “They bring a wealth of expertise on trade, Asia, and Latin America to the Council.”

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