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Patricia M. Kim

Global Fellow

Professional affiliation

Senior Policy Analyst on China, U.S. Institute of Peace; Visiting Scholar, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University


  • Cold War
  • Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
  • Great Power Competition
  • History
  • Security and Defense

Full Biography

Dr. Patricia M. Kim is an expert on Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations, and East Asian security issues. She is a senior policy analyst on China at the U.S. Institute of Peace, where she directs a project on U.S.-China Strategic Stability. Dr. Kim is also a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center and a visiting scholar at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Her research portfolio includes projects on U.S.-China strategic competition and risk reduction, U.S. Indo-Pacific strategy and alliance management in East Asia, and regional security dynamics on the Korean Peninsula.  

Previously, Dr. Kim was Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, International Security Program Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program at Princeton University.

Dr. Kim’s writing and research has been featured widely in outlets such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The South China Morning Post. She frequently briefs U.S. government officials in her areas of expertise and has testified before the House Intelligence Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade.

Dr. Kim received her doctoral degree from the Department of Politics at Princeton University and her bachelor's degree with highest distinction in political science and Asian studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Korean, and proficient in Japanese. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Major Publications

China’s Impact on Conflict Dynamics in The Red Sea Arena, U.S. Institute of Peace Senior Study Group Report, April 2020,

“The United States, China and South Korea: Trilateral Dynamics and The North Korean Nuclear Challenge,” book chapter in Pathways to Peace: AchievingtheStable Transformation of the Korean Peninsula, published by the Hudson Institute, March 2020,

A Peace Regime for the Korean Peninsula, U.S. Institute of Peace Report, co-authored with Joseph Yun, Frank Aum, Jacob Stokes, Jennifer Staats, Rachel Vandenbrink and Atman Trivedi, February 3, 2020.

“China’s Ambitions in Northeast Asia: The Korean Peninsula, Japan and the East China Sea,” book chapter in Strategic Asia 2019: Mapping China’s Expanding Strategic Ambitions, published by the National Bureau of Asian Research, January 2019.

“Chinese Perceptions on Nuclear Weapons, Arms Control and Nonproliferation,” Testimony at the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade, House Foreign Affairs Committee, June 21, 2018.

“Understanding China’s Military Expansion and Implications for U.S. Policy,” Testimony at the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, May 17, 2018.