New AtlanticistOct 12, 2023
How the US can build better strategic partnerships in Africa to secure critical minerals
By Nii Simmonds, Shirley Martey Hargis
The United States and other Western countries should incentivize their multinationals to offer African countries the same level of partnership that fostered Southeast Asian countries’ ventures into consumer electronics in the 1970s.
New AtlanticistOct 17, 2022
Experts react: Xi solidifies his power at China’s Communist Party Congress. What should the world take away?
By Atlantic Council experts
We asked our China watchers to explain how the world should read Xi Jinping's approach to the economy, Taiwan, and more.
Shirley Martey Hargis is a nonresident fellow in the Atlantic Council’s Global China Hub and Digital Forensic Research Lab. She is also a consultant for CRDF Global’s Data and Technology program. Hargis has over a decade of experience in the domestic politics and foreign affairs of China and Taiwan.
Hargis focuses on Chinese elite domestic politics and cross-Strait tensions, including China’s affairs in Russia, the Indo-Pacific, Africa, and other areas of the Global South. Her domestic and foreign policy expertise spans defense and security, political economy, and technology in consulting, intelligence, and policy research.
Previously, she led and managed CRDF Global’s Countering People’s Republic of China Acquisition and Misuse of Weaponizable Technology and Talent team for the US Department of State. In this capacity, she provided solutions to international governmental, research, private, and academic-sector stakeholders about Chinese military-civil fusion, emerging technologies, dual-use technologies, and improving cyber defenses. Additionally, Hargis supported the Intelligence Community, US Department of Defense, and federal law enforcement communities and provided risk assessments of critical political, economic, and security trends in the Indo-Pacific and insight into US foreign-policy making for the State Department and Taipei-based financial investment firms.
Hargis sits on CJPA Global Advisors’ Global Advisory Board. She is a Council on Foreign Relations term member, national security fellow at Truman National Security Project, nonresident fellow at Taiwan NextGen Foundation, and a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations, American Association for Chinese Studies, and Pacific Council on International Policy.
Hargis’ writings and commentary appear in Politico China Watcher, American Purpose, Taiwan Insight, TEKA Commission of Political Science and International Affairs, and the Politics and Society in Contemporary China Edition 2.
Hargis graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a BA in political science. Also, she has a certificate in China trade, law, and intellectual property from the University of California, Berkeley law school. Hargis has lived in China and Taiwan. She has proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and has native fluency in Twi, Ga, and Fanti.