Bio

EVANS J.R. REVERE is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Center for East Asia Policy Studies.  He is also a senior advisor with the Albright Stonebridge Group, a leading global strategy firm, where he advises U.S. clients with a special focus on Korea, Japan, and China.  He writes and speaks frequently on Asia policy issues and is active in Track 1.5 and Track 2 dialogues dealing with U.S. relations with the PRC, the two Koreas, Japan, Taiwan and with East Asian regional security issues.  His commentary on Asia appears frequently in major U.S., Korean, and Japanese newspapers and other media outlets.  He also draws on his 46 years of experience in Asia to mentor young, aspiring Asia experts.   

During 2010-2011 he taught at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. From 2007 to 2010 he was President/CEO of The Korea Society, where he organized the historic 2008 concert in Pyongyang by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. 

In 2007, he retired after a long career in government service, most of that as an American diplomat and one of the State Department’s top Asia experts.  His diplomatic career included service as the Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.  During his career, he served in the U.S. Embassies in Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, and Wellington and was the director of the State Department’s offices managing relations with Korea and Japan.

He won numerous awards as a U.S. diplomat and helped lead the State Department’s highly praised response to the December 2004 tsunami disaster in Indonesia.  His last State Department assignment was as Cyrus Vance Fellow in Diplomatic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he directed a task force on U.S.-China relations.  He has extensive experience in negotiations with North Korea and served as deputy chief of the U.S. team negotiating with the DPRK and as the U.S. government’s primary day-to-day liaison with North Korea. 

He is fluent in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, and is a graduate of Princeton University, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.