Jeffrey A. Bader is a former Brookings expert.


Jeffrey A. Bader

Former Brookings Expert

Jeffrey Bader was a member of the Brookings community from 2005 until his passing in 2023, and was a dedicated public servant with a decades-long career spanning several administrations. Jeff served in Washington and abroad in the U.S. Department of State, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and National Security Council staff. From 2005-2009 and 2011-2023, he was a senior fellow, the inaugural John C. Whitehead Senior Fellow in International Diplomacy, and then nonresident senior fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings. Complementing his individual scholarship, he was the inaugural director of Brookings’s John L. Thornton China Center. Through his service, leadership, and mentorship of generations of policy officials and experts, Jeff was a force in shaping Brookings’s work on China and the U.S. approach to East Asia.

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