May 22, 2019

Dr. Daniel Kliman Named Director of CNAS Asia-Pacific Security Program

Washington, May 22, 2019 – The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) has named Dr. Daniel Kliman as Director of the CNAS Asia-Pacific Security Program. As Director, Kliman will lead the program’s cutting-edge research on U.S. competition with China, America’s regional alliances and partnerships, and threats posed by North Korea.

Kliman was previously a Senior Fellow in the CNAS Asia-Pacific Security Program. He replaces Dr. Patrick Cronin, who left CNAS to become Asia-Pacific Security Chair at the Hudson Institute.

“Dan is the ideal leader of the Center's Asia-Pacific Security team,” said CNAS CEO Richard Fontaine. “His research on China’s Belt and Road, geopolitics in Southeast Asia, and U.S. economic strategy in the Indo-Pacific represents some of the finest work being conducted in Washington. I'm certain his impact will only grow as he steps into this new role.”

Before joining CNAS in 2017, Kliman served for three years as Senior Advisor for Asia Integration in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. His portfolio included long-term U.S. strategy in the Asia-Pacific, maritime issues, and defense innovation involving allies and partners. Kliman, an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, previously worked at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and prior to that, was a Visiting Fellow in the Asia-Pacific Security Program at CNAS.

Ely Ratner, CNAS Executive Vice President, echoed Fontaine’s sentiment. “Both in and out of government, Dan’s contributions have been consistently rigorous and creative. His work at the intersection of security, technology, economics, and geopolitics is directly informing the future of U.S. policy in Asia.”

Kliman’s leadership of the Asia-Pacific Security Program will be a force multiplier for CNAS’ center-wide research on U.S. strategy toward China, which includes the following lines of effort:

To reach Kliman or for more information on CNAS, please contact Cole Stevens at or 202-695-8166.