Susan Shirk

Susan L. Shirk is the chair of the 21st Century China Center and a research professor at the School Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego.

From 1997 to 2000, Shirk served as deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs, with responsibility for China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Mongolia.

Shirk founded in 1993 and continues to lead the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue (NEACD), an unofficial “track-two” forum for discussions of security issues among defense and foreign ministry officials and academics from the United States, Japan, China, Russia, and the Koreas.

Before she joined the government, Shirk served as a member of the US Defense Policy Board, the Board of Governors for the East-West Center (Hawaii), the Board of Trustees of the US–Japan Foundation, and the Board of Directors of the National Committee on United States–China Relations. She is a member of the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations. She received her BA in political science from Mount Holyoke College, her MA in Asian studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and her PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

China, Northeast Asia, security

IGCC Director (1991‒97, 2006‒12)

IGCC Research Director (2000‒06)

Founder and convener of the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue