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David O. Shullman is senior director of the Global China Hub at the Atlantic Council, where he leads the council’s work on China.  David’s own research focuses on China’s foreign policy and grand strategy, US-China relations, China-Russia relations, and the implications of China’s rise for global order and the future of democracy. 

Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, David was Senior Advisor at the International Republican Institute, where he oversaw the Institute’s work building the resilience of democratic governments and institutions around the world against the influence of China, Russia, and other autocracies.   

David served for nearly a dozen years as one of the US Government’s top experts on East Asia, most recently as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for East Asia on the National Intelligence Council (NIC) in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). In this role David led the US intelligence community’s strategic analysis on East Asia, represented the IC in interagency policy meetings, and advised senior White House and Cabinet officials. Prior to joining the NIC, David was a senior analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency.  He has also been an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security.

David has offered testimony on China topics before subcommittees of both houses of Congress and publishes regularly in outlets including Foreign Affairs, War on the Rocks and American Purpose. David’s analysis has been featured in the Financial Times, the New York Times, USA Today, and Politico, among others, and he has provided commentary for broadcast media outlets such as SkyNews, NPR, and Bloomberg Radio. 

David is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and served as an advisor on the Biden campaign.  He earned his PhD in Political Science from UCLA, a MALD from the Fletcher School, and a BA from Georgetown.