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Abraham M. Denmark is Director of the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a Senior Fellow at the Center’s Kissinger Institute on China and the United States. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Denmark’s research and policy expertise is in the politics and security of the Indo-Pacific, and in U.S. strategy toward the region. He is the author of the forthcoming book Empowering Allies: A Strategy for a New Era in the Indo-Pacific, and is the co-editor of Strategic Asia 2013-14: Asia in the Second Nuclear Age (National Bureau of Asian Research, 2013) and Strategic Asia 2014-15: U.S. Alliances and Partnerships (NBR, 2014). He has testified multiple times before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, as well as the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Denmark’s commentary has been featured in several major media outlets, including Foreign Affairs, CNN, National Public Radio, the New York Times, the Economist, the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, and the Atlantic.

Denmark previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia and worked as Senior Vice President for Political and Security Affairs at The National Bureau of Asian Research, a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, and held several positions in the U.S. Intelligence Community.

In January 2017, Denmark received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. He is also a recipient of the Order of the Resplendent Banner from the Republic of China (Taiwan), and is an Honorary Admiral in the Navy of the Republic of Korea. He is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and the Council on Foreign Relations.

A Colorado native, Denmark holds an MA in International Security from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, and received a BA in History with Honors from the University of Northern Colorado. He has also studied at Peking University. He lives with his wife and children in Maryland.

Abraham Denmark

Abraham Denmark

Director, Asia Program
The 21st century will be defined by what happens in Asia. It is the source of incredible economic growth and tremendous upward potential, but is also riven with uncertainty, tension, and competition.

Major Publications

What the INF's Demise Means for Asia
Interview with the Diplomat
April 1, 2019

The U.S.-ROK Alliance and Policy Coordination Toward China
CFR Asia Unbound Blog
Mar. 19, 2019

The China Security Challenge: Security and Military Developments
Testimony Before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, The Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy
Sept. 5, 2018

U.S.-China Competition and Implications for the Korean Peninsula
Remarks to the Seoul Defense Dialogue
Sept., 2018

The Case Against Doing Nothing on North Korea, with Victor Cha
Bloomberg Opinion
Sept. 12, 2018

The Trump-Kim Summit: Outcomes and Oversight
Testimony Before the House Foreign Affairs Committee
June 19, 2018

U.S. National Security Strategy: Implications for the U.S.-Japan Alliance
May 14, 2018

The Myth of the Limited Strike on North Korea
Foreign Affairs
Jan. 9, 2018