New AtlanticistNov 16, 2022
Beijing’s foreign-policy decisions aren’t determined by its political calendar
By Mark Parker Young
There is little connection between the timing of political events and the strength of Beijing's responses to external provocations. International policymakers should take note.
Mark Parker Young is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global China Hub and a principal analyst at Mandiant. Previously, he spent fourteen years as an analyst in the Central Intelligence Agency and served as deputy national intelligence officer for East Asia from 2018 to 2020 on the National Intelligence Council. In this role, he led the US intelligence community’s production of strategic analysis on senior policymakers’ top priorities regarding China. He received his master of advanced study in global affairs from Yale University and his master of arts in international affairs from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.