Yun Sun

Yun Sun is a nonresident fellow with the Africa Growth Initiative and the John L. Thornton China Center at Brookings. She also serves as co-director of the East Asia Program and director of the China Program at the Stimson Center. Her expertise is in Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations, and China’s relations with neighboring countries and authoritarian regimes.

From 2011 to early 2014, she was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, appointed by the Foreign Policy Program and the Global Economy and Development Program, where she focused on Chinese national security decision-making processes and China-Africa relations. From 2008 to 2011, Yun Sun was the China Analyst for the International Crisis Group (ICG) based in Beijing, specializing on China’s policy towards conflict countries and the developing world. Prior to ICG, she worked on U.S.-Asia relations in Washington, D.C. Her work is regularly cited by Voice of America, Axios, and other prominent news outlets and publications.

Yun Sun earned her master’s degree in international policy and practice from George Washington University, as well as an M.A. in Asia Pacific studies and a B.A. in international relations from Foreign Affairs College in Beijing.

  • Current Positions

    • Co-Director, East Asia Project; Director, China Program; Henry L. Stimson Center
  • Past Positions

    • Visiting Fellow, Center for Northeast Asia Policy Studies, Brookings (2011)
    • China Analyst, International Crisis Group (2008-2011)
    • Program Associate, The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation (2005-2008)
  • Education

    • MA, International Policy and Practice, George Washington University
    • MA, Asia Pacific Regional Studies, Foreign Affairs College (Beijing)
    • BA, International Relations, Foreign Affairs College (Beijing)
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