April 15, 2021

Jacob Stokes Joins CNAS as a Fellow in the Indo-Pacific Security Program

Washington, April 15, 2021—The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is pleased to announce that Jacob Stokes has joined CNAS as a Fellow in the Indo-Pacific Security Program. His research will focus on U.S.-China relations, Chinese foreign policy, and Asian security affairs.

“I am thrilled to welcome Jake back to CNAS,” said Lisa Curtis, Director of the Indo-Pacific Security Program. “Jake is a top-notch analyst and a rising star in the Indo-Pacific policy community. His research on China’s foreign and military policy and U.S. strategy in the region represents some of the finest work being conducted in Washington. I'm certain his impact will only grow as he steps into this role.”

Mr. Stokes previously served in the White House on the national security staff of then Vice President Joseph R. Biden, where he was Senior Advisor to the National Security Advisor as well as Acting Special Advisor to the Vice President for Asia policy. He has also worked in the U.S. Congress as a professional staff member for the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, and as foreign and defense policy advisor for Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).

Outside of government, Mr. Stokes has been an analyst in the China program at the U.S. Institute of Peace and with the National Security Network. His writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Lawfare, Politico Magazine, War on the Rocks, Democracy, The Washington Quarterly, and The Guardian, and his analysis has been featured in TIME, USA Today, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Vox, and Bloomberg. Stokes is a Fellow with the Truman National Security Project and former co-leader of its Asia Expert Group.

Mr. Stokes holds an M.A. from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and undergraduate degrees from the University of Missouri.

For more information or to request an interview with Mr. Stokes, contact CNAS Communications at comms@cnas.org or call 202-695-8166.