Ryan Hass is a David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings, where he holds a joint appointment to the John L. Thornton China Center and the Center for East Asia Policy Studies. Hass focuses his research and analysis on enhancing policy development on the pressing political, economic, and security challenges facing the United States in East Asia.
From 2013 to 2017, Hass served as the director for China, Taiwan and Mongolia at the National Security Council (NSC) staff. In that role, he advised President Obama and senior White House officials on all aspects of U.S. policy toward China, Taiwan, and Mongolia, and coordinated the implementation of U.S. policy toward this region among U.S. government departments and agencies. He joined President Obama’s state visit delegations in Beijing and Washington respectively in 2014 and 2015, and the president’s delegation to Hangzhou, China, for the G-20 in 2016, and to Lima, Peru, for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Meetings in 2016.
Prior to joining NSC, Hass served as a Foreign Service Officer in U.S. Embassy Beijing, where he earned the State Department Director General’s award for impact and originality in reporting, an award given annually to the officer whose reporting had the greatest impact on the formulation of U.S. foreign policy. Hass also served in Embassy Seoul and Embassy Ulaanbaatar, and domestically in the State Department Offices of Taiwan Coordination and Korean Affairs. Hass received multiple Superior Honor and Meritorious Honor commendations during his 15-year tenure in the Foreign Service.
Hass was born and raised in Washington state. He graduated from the University of Washington and attended the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies prior to joining the State Department.
Council on Foreign Relations, term member
McLarty Associates, senior advisor
National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, member
The Scowcroft Group, senior advisor
- 202.797.6124 — Office
- Foreign Policy
- Center for East Asia Policy Studies
- John L. Thornton China Center
- Additional Expertise Areas
- Korean Peninsula
- U.S.-China relations
- East Asian regional security
- Maritime issues
- Current Position
- David M. Rubenstein Fellow, Foreign Policy, John L. Thornton China Center, Center for East Asia Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution
- Past Positions
- Political Officer, Office of Korean Affairs, Department of State (2017)
- Director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolian Affairs, National Security Council (2013-2017)
- Political Officer, Embassy Beijing (2009-2012)
- Political-Military Officer, Office of Taiwan Coordination, Department of State (2005-2007)
- Consular Officer, Embassy Ulaanbaatar (2005)
- Consular Officer, Embassy Seoul (2003-2005)
- Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (2001-2002)
- B.A., University of Washington, 2001