Abigail Grace

Former Research Associate, Asia-Pacific Security Program

Abigail Grace is a former Research Associate in the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for New American Security (CNAS). Her work focused on U.S. strategic competition with China, China’s foreign policy, U.S. Indo-Pacific strategy, and Chinese approaches to multilateralism.

Prior to joining CNAS, Ms. Grace was a member of the National Security Council staff from 2016-2018. There, she contributed to the development and operationalization of the competitive approach to U.S.-China relations, the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy, and the international campaign to maximize pressure on North Korea.

A frequent commentator to the media on Asian security issues, Ms. Grace’s commentary and analysis has appeared in several media outlets, including: The Washington Post, The New Yorker, CNN.com, BBC Radio, USA Today, PBS, US News & World Report, Foreign Policy, Axios, Vox News, among others. Her writings have been featured in Foreign Policy, The Straits Times, The National Interest, China Brief, Global Security Review, Cornell International Affairs Review and the Ohio State Journal for Politics and International Affairs.

Ms. Grace received her B.S.F.S. degree with honors in International Politics and a certificate in Asian Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

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