James Clad

Director of Asian Security Programs and Senior Fellow for Asia

Areas Of Expertise

  • Energy Security
  • Radical Islam
  • South Asia Politics and Security

James Clad joined the American Foreign Policy Council in October 2017 as Director of Asian Security Programs and Senior Fellow for Asia. Previously, from 2002 to 2010, he served as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia Pacific Security Affairs, as professor of Near East/South Asia studies at the National Defense University, and as Senior Counselor to the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. From 1995-2002, he held a Henry Luce Foundation professorship at Georgetown University and was Director, Asia Pacific Energy, for Cambridge Energy Research Associates. 

Clad’s commentary may be found in traditional media outlets (NPR, C-SPAN, the BBC and Financial Times), in prominent foreign affairs journals such as The National Interest, and in subscription news services such as ‘Inside Sources’ and ‘The Hill’. He has published books on Asian capitalism and political geography (The Borderlands of Southeast Asia: Geopolitics, Terrorism, and Globalization, National Defense UniversityPress, 2011). In mid-2018, he co-authored a report, on China’s advanced weapons research, for the Congressional U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (China’s Advanced Weapons Systems, May 2018).