Robert has directed the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Wilson Center since 2013. He came to the Wilson Center from the University of Maryland, where he served from 2007 until 2013. Prior to that, he was American director of the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies. 

Mr. Daly began work in U.S.-China relations as a diplomat, serving as cultural exchanges officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He has taught at Cornell and Syracuse University and has worked on television and theater projects in China as a host, actor (北京人在纽约), and writer. In the 90s, he helped produce Chinese-language versions of Sesame Street and other Children’s Television Workshop programs. 

Mr. Daly has lectured at scores of Chinese and American institutions, including the Smithsonian Institution, the East-West Center, the Asia Society, PACOM, and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and serves as a regular commentator on U.S.-Chinese relations for Chinese and American media. He has lived in China for 11 years and has interpreted for Chinese and American, including Jiang Zemin, Yu Zhengsheng, Jimmy Carter, and Henry Kissinger.