Isaac Stone Fish is a journalist, a Washington Post Global Opinions contributing columnist, and a senior fellow at the Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations in New York City. He is also a contributor to CBSN, an adjunct at New York University, a visiting fellow at the German Marshall Fund, and a frequent speaker at events around the United States and the world. Previously he served as Foreign Policy Magazine's Asia Editor: he managed coverage of the region, and wrote about the politics, economics, and international affairs of China, Japan, and North Korea. A fluent Mandarin speaker and formerly a Beijing correspondent for Newsweek, Stone Fish spent seven years living in China prior to joining Foreign Policy. He has traveled widely in the region and in the country, visiting every Chinese province, autonomous region, and municipality.
His views on international affairs have been widely quoted, including in MSNBC, ABC, NPR, CBS, CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, Slate, The Guardian, the BBC, the Sydney Morning Herald, Talking Points Memo, and Al-Jazeera, among others; and in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese media. An experienced public speaker, Stone Fish has given talks at Columbia, Cornell, Duke, the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, the University of Washington in Seattle, University of Groningen in Holland, Fudan University (in Mandarin), among other universities; and at conferences, think tanks, and events around the world.
Stone Fish’s articles have appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, The Guardian, Slate, The New Republic, Politico Magazine, The Daily Beast, Time, and the Los Angeles Times. While in Beijing, he served on the board of the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of China, and, when the sky wasn’t the color of glue, was an avid runner.
Stone Fish is a graduate of Columbia University, where he studied Chinese literature. He is also a Truman National Security Project fellow, a non-resident senior fellow at the University of Nottingham's China Policy Institute, and an alumni of the World Economic Forum Global Shaper's program. He is writing a book on Beijing's influence in America. (Knopf).
Selected Recent Articles
September 21st, 2018
Washington Post op-ed on U.S. firms' involvement in the mass surveillance occurring in Xinjiang.
May 23rd, 2018
Washington Post op-ed on why its problematic that Politico is partnering with a paper owned by the Chinese tech firm Alibaba.
September 28th, 2017
China's sheltering of ethnic cleansing in Burma gives a clue of what a Sinocentric world might look like.
September 4th, 2017
Beijing could still be a good partner for the United States in countering Pyongyang’s brinkmanship and aggression – if handled correctly.
August 7th, 2017
The Trump administration’s narrow minded focus on North Korea means it’s taking its eye off China as a result. That’s a mistake.
July 5th, 2017
If the two sides keep expanding their common interests, that could be far more devastating to the United States’ long-term interests than Kim and his missiles.
June 2nd, 2017
April 13th, 2017
The world knows little about the palace politics in North Korea, the world’s most opaque country. Yet it seems like Kim is acting intelligently
March 13th, 2017
Countries like Venezuela, Russia and China are using Washington’s aggressive stance on journalists to justify their own erosion of the free press.
December 5, 2016
As Trump continues to weaken people’s belief in his integrity, and that of the American political system, a surprising side effect is the Chinese political system appears more rational and welcoming by contrast.
May 25th, 2016
An exclusive look at the extortion and sexual misconduct committed by one of China's most respected dissidents. Written with Melissa Chan.
April 15th, 2016
The American Bar Association insists the move was market-driven, but an employee email says otherwise. The article inspired an WSJ editorial, and coverage in the New York Times, Bloomberg, among others. It also inspired Senator Marco Rubio to ask the ABA to submit testimony at an upcoming Congressional hearing.
March 13th, 2015
An investigation into the followers of Dorje Shugden, who say the Dalai Lama is a "Muslim" who "associates" with Nazis.
January 24th, 2015
The quickest way to end a conversation in Davos is to bring up human
rights in China. I tried it roughly half a dozen times, and it always
spoiled otherwise congenial encounters.
December 24th, 2014
What happens when a respected news organization sets up a bureau in the
world’s most repressive state? Compromises, and lots of them.
A comparison of Biden and Sanders' China plans with regards to the trade war, March 6th, 2020
The issue of data security is being ignored in TikTok's meteoric rise, January 15th, 2020
Discussing the implications of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing Wen's landslide victory, January 12th, 2020
North Korea's Kim Jong Un no longer feels bound by self-imposed suspension of nuclear weapons, January 1st, 2020
China's Belt and Road Initiative: Training for Professionals, December 6th, 2019
Hong Kong gears up for local elections as pro-democracy protests grip city, November 23rd, 2019
An interview exploring how new methods are being used to achieve traditional ends by China's rulers, November 3rd, 2019
Online trolls renew social media Attacks on Hong Kong’s protesters, November 3rd, 2019
A seven-word tweet started an international crisis that left the NBA cowering and China seething, October 16th, 2019
NBA incident represents the challenge Western companies face when operating in China, October 15th, 2019
The NBA is working to mend its relationship with China after the Rockets' general manager posted a tweet supporting the Hong Kong protests, October 8th, 2019
Repressive, atheist North Korea's surprising relationship with Christian missionaries, October 4th, 2019
As the trade war stretches on and bilateral ties are tested, China may prefer Trump win in 2020, September 25th, 2019
Moderated panel on current 'pain points' in the US-China relationship and paths forward in US foreign policy, September 17th, 2019
Hong Kong protesters are calling on Donald Trump to intervene and help them secure democracy in the city, September 8th, 2019
China seeks to influence academic freedom on foreign campuses, August 27th, 2019
Protesters in Hong Kong turned out for an 11th consecutive weekend of demonstrations, August 19th, 2019
Different ways Beijing tries to influence Americans and how it can be effective, June 5th, 2019
Why the U.S. wants the Chinese owner of Grindr to divest the dating app, March 28th, 2019
Moderated a film screening and discussion with the director of People's Republic of Desire, March 19th, 2019
U.S. trade deficit hits new high despite Trump's hard line on China, March 7th, 2019
Asian companies warn of the 'serious implications' of a no-deal Brexit, January 16th, 2019
Columbia’s Jeffrey Sachs Quits Twitter After Criticism of Huawei Article, January 2nd, 2019
Feedback suggests United States’ creative soft power may have backfired geopolitically, October 29th, 2018
Spoke on a panel at the event, Self-Censorship Among China Hands: Myth & Reality, October 26th, 2018
A cynical drama about conniving politicians acted as a poisonous piece of soft power, October 25th, 2018
Hong Kong residents see world's longest sea bridge as infrastructure propaganda from China, October 24th, 2018
There do not seem to be any signs of Chinese interference in U.S. elections, October 12th, 2018
Prosecutors now weighing rape charge for Chinese billionaire Richard Liu, September 21st, 2018
How Chinese influence in U.S. universities relies on self-censorship, September 11th, 2018
North Korea holds back ballistic missiles in military parade celebration, September 10th, 2018
Chinese billionaire Jack Ma steps down at Alibaba, announces successor, September 10th, 2018
Chinese political cartoonist Rebel Pepper finds more artistic freedom in the United States, July 2nd, 2018
Vocal critics of the worsening political situation in Hong Kong, May 22nd, 2018
Gave a talk entitled China and North Korea: Friends Without Benefits, May 16th, 2018
On the importance of world leaders flattering Donald Trump, March 9th, 2018
China hires former British prime minister to help make One Belt, One Road a reality, December 20th, 2017
Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are more alike than you probably realize, September 22nd, 2017
South Korea's creating a special military unit to assassinate Kim Jong Un, September 14th, 2017
Factions and Fiction on North Korea, June 26th, 2017
In Otto Warmbier death, a clash between permissive, authoritarian cultures, June 23rd, 2017
China's first domestically made passenger jet is a warning to Boeing and Airbus, May 5th, 2017
Tomahawk missiles on the menu at Mar-a-Lago: What's the message for China? April 7th, 2017
Trump to China: get on board about North Korea, or I go alone, April 3rd, 2017
Spoke on a panel about U.S. Asia policy under Trump, March 21st, 2017
A son of North Korea's first family is dead, and the case is murky, February 14th, 2017
Beijing has no love for Clinton, but Trump makes China's elites very nervous, November 7, 2016
Spoke on a panel addressing the question, 'Is China's door closing?' June 28th, 2016
China parades missing Hong Kong booksellers before TV cameras, March 2nd, 2016
Gave a talk on China's Foreign Policy in the Xi era, February 8th, 2016
Secret Chinese documents leaked to the US all lead back to semi-naked women and a Ferrari, February 6th, 2016
Gave a talk entitled, "Big Trouble in Greater China: Taiwan's Election and what it means for Beijing and the United States," January 13th, 2016
ISIS uses soothing music as a recruiting tool -- in China, December 8th, 2015
Why taxi driver turned billionaire Liu Yiqian spent $170.4 million on a painting, November 11, 2015
On hacking and Xi Jinping's state visit to Washington, September 24th, 2015
Lectured on the Sino-Israeli relationship, as seen from modern day Beijing, September 10th, 2015
Guest lectured on China and the world, April 21st, 2015
What it costs world leaders to meet with the Dalai Lama, February 5th, 2015
Why the world's elite won't call out China on its human rights record, January 29th, 2015
Moderated a panel on India's foreign relations at a conference in Bangalore, India, December 6th, 2014
The importance of the U.S.-China Climate Change breakthrough, November 14th, 2014
On whether or not Beijing's in charge during Obama's trip to China, November 10th, 2014
Panel discussion on 'Lessons in Dissent,' documentary about Hong Kong protests, November 6th, 2014
Internships and opportunities
Chinese Language Research Assistant
New York-based journalist and international affairs analyst Isaac Stone Fish seeks a highly motivated candidate with native or high-level proficiency in Mandarin Chinese to help with research for a long-term project. Candidates who either have or are working toward a degree in international relations, political science, public policy, Asian studies, or a related field will be highly considered. The ideal candidate commands a strong understanding of the U.S. political system, Chinese elite politics, and developing political dynamics in U.S.-China relations.
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The Research Assistant role is a paid position that involves the use of personal phone and laptop.
This job description intends to describe the general nature of the job and does not represent that all individuals who hold the position will perform all duties set forth above. This employment period can be extended.
Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, a writing sample, and an academic transcript in one single document to email@example.com.