• Isaac Stone Fish is the founder and CEO of Strategy Risks. He is also a Washington Post Global Opinions contributing columnist, a contributor to CBSN, an adjunct at NYU's Center for Global Affairs, a visiting fellow at the Atlantic Council, a columnist on China risk at Barron's, 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. He was also formerly a visiting fellow at the German Marshall Fund and a senior fellow at the Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations.


    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, an alum of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community, a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a senior advisor to the Korea Society. His forthcoming book, America Second: How America's Elites Are Making China Stronger, details the deep web of Chinese influence in America (Knopf, February 2022).

  • Selected Recent Articles

    May 26th, 2021

    Moscow has good reason to beware the ambitions of its "ally" to the east.

    April 8th, 2021

    Everyone who operates in or with China — in other words, anyone who is part of a large organization — can’t escape Chinese politics. 

    February 19th, 2021

    China could be a red flag for regulators.

    January 18th, 2021

    Why business leaders shouldn't lobby for the Chinese Communist Party.

    December 3rd, 2020

    Businesses need to partner with their home governments and global competitors when facing Beijing's ire.

    November 13th, 2020

    Can Elon Musk continue his relationship with Beijing while providing technology to the Pentagon?

    November 11th, 2020

    With the suspension of Ant Group's IPO, the Chinese Communist Party displays its power in financial markets.

    October 29th, 2020

    The U.S. commerce secretary did not successfully step down from all his corporate commitments.

    September 28th, 2020

    The U.S. has a naming problem when it comes to maps.

    September 7th, 2020

    The most devastating part of "Mulan" isn't the story. It's the credits.

    May 12th, 2020

    New information may offer insight into the honesty of China's coronavirus numbers.

    May 6th, 2020

    The mystery surrounding the North Korean leader's health showed just how little we understand what's really happening in his country.

    April 17th, 2020

    The pull of the Chinese market is warping the moral standards of the international community.

    April 7th, 2020

    Why China's coronavirus statistics should always come with an asterisk.

    February 20th, 2020

    Beijing's reaction to the Wall Street Journal reveals troubling patterns.

    December 10th, 2019

    Johnson thinks he can benefit from China economically without acquiescing to it politically. He's wrong.

    October 11th, 2019

    The Houston Rockets' China troubles highlight an ongoing pattern for US businesses in the country.

    October 8th, 2019

    A tweet in support of Hong Kong causes problems for one of the most popular NBA teams in China.

    September 5th, 2019

    How Beijing co-opts voices that praise China and its place in the world.

    August 20th, 2019

    What Trump misunderstands about the tensions in Hong Kong.

    August 8th, 2019

    It’s not actually his title, and it helps legitimize his authoritarian rule.

    July 5th, 2019

    How China's telecoms giant is trying to hide its ties to the military.

    May 6th, 2019

    U.S. displays apathy toward North Korean starvation.

    April 9th, 2019

    The dangers of a Chinese company owning gay dating app Grindr.

    February 19th, 2019

    It's important for MBS to speak out against China's Uighur policies.

    February 7th, 2019

    Why Howard Schultz's ties to China disqualify him as a successful presidential candidate.

    January 15th, 2019

    A million Uighurs are being held in concentration camps in Xinjiang. What can the U.S. do?

    December 7th, 2018

    D.C.'s top think tank has inappropriate financial ties with Huawei.

    November 15th, 2018

    Comparing the level of authoritarianism in China with that of America.

    September 21st, 2018

    U.S. firms are involved in the mass surveillance occurring in Xinjiang.

    September 4th, 2018

    Why are America's elite universities censoring themselves on China?

    August 29th, 2018

    Not all Chinese state-owned companies are bad for America.

    August 20th, 2018

    The league is running a training center in the middle of one of the world’s worst humanitarian atrocities.

    July 31st, 2018

    Why Facebook should not enter China.

    July 4th, 2018

    The long reach of Chinese censorship in America.

    June 13th, 2018

    How Pyongyang might react in the months following the historic Trump-Kim meeting.

    June 8th, 2018

    How Washington can get Beijing to step up. Co-written with Robert Kelly.

    May 23rd, 2018

    Why it's problematic that Politico is partnering with a paper owned by the Chinese tech firm Alibaba.

    April 10th, 2018

    They should fear a boycott.

    March 30th, 2018

    How the Communist Party views Hollywood.

    March 11th, 2018

    Even if a summit gives North Korea legitimacy it doesn’t deserve, talking is preferable to the disastrous alternative.

    February 27th, 2018

    How the world grossly misread the Chinese leader’s ambitions.

    January 31st, 2018

    The Kim regime will always be a greater danger to its own people than to Americans.

    November 27th, 2017

    A summit in North Korea could offer the president a solution to the current crisis—really.

    October 25th, 2017

    Does Xi Jinping's dream of restoring China's greatness include women?

    October 4th, 2017

    A war with North Korea would be devastating. But a war over Taiwan could be worse, and more likely.

    September 28th, 2017

    China's sheltering of ethnic cleansing in Burma gives a clue of what a Sinocentric world might look like.

    September 25th, 2017

    The many many times Pyongyang has interpreted U.S. actions as "declarations of war."

    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 10th, 2017

    One could confuse President Trump’s outburst on North Korea with North Korean propaganda.

    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 26th, 2017

    China's worrying treatment of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo.

    June 23rd, 2017

    Exclusive investigation into the events surrounding the American student's arrest in Pyongyang.

    June 20th, 2017

    Despite the dangers, I still recommend the cautious and adventurous American visit the Hermit Kingdom.

    June 20th, 2017

    Appealing for calm in U.S. attitudes towards North Korea.

    June 13th, 2017

    The ancient Chinese act of kowtowing required touching the ground with one’s forehead in deference to the emperor. The modern American act of kowtowing requires absurdly praising Trump.

    June 2nd, 2017

    After the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Accords, China's diplomatic public-relations game keeps growing stronger. Article quoted in Fortune Magazine, and Vox.

    May 10th, 2017

    Article co-written with two other longtime China correspondents.

    April 20th, 2017

    He is uniquely unsuited to serve as commander-in-chief in the event of a war with a nuclear-armed country.

    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

    April 11th, 2017

    The country is the world's second largest economy. Why doesn't it embrace its authoritarian government?

    April 6th, 2017

    What if Xi is not China's most powerful leader since Mao?

    April 5th, 2017

    Ignoring the Chinese government’s abuses isn’t just immoral: It’s a bad negotiating tactic.

    March 21st, 2017

    He has seemingly met with roughly the same number of heads of state over the last few months as Trump’s daughter Ivanka.

    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.

    February 13th, 2017

    The president has been right so far to do nothing publicly about North Korea.

    January 30th, 2017

    With the United States embracing revolutionary chaos, China is positioning itself as the adult in the room.

    January 25th, 2017

    Don't worry about the South China Sea. Worry about Trump starting a war to distract from his incompetence.

    January 18th, 2017

    Why is Xi Jinping trying to charm the global elite?

    December 22nd, 2016

    The president-elect’s newly appointed trade czar Peter Navarro doesn't seem to have much of a plan, besides blaming China.

    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.

    December 5th, 2016

    The island once had a seat on the UN Security Council. Now a simple phone call with its leader is international news.

    November 7, 2016

    Trump's policies would be softer on China, but the global instability he'd create as President would be bad for business in Beijing.

    October 21st, 2016

    What could possibly make a young Chinese person go all-in for the Republican nominee?

    July 29, 2016

    A feature exploring why apocalyptic fiction and film haven't caught on in the Middle Kingdom.

    July 7th, 2016

    China's failed attempt to build influence in the United States.

    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. 


    April 12th, 2016

    Trump’s proposed policies toward China would only damage U.S. interests and make Beijing stronger. Articled referenced in The Financial Times and the Council on Foreign Relations

    February 2, 2016 

    Millions of Chinese have been swindled by hucksters promising easy money.

    January 19th, 2016

    The 120-year-old cliché that explains the Chinese-American relationship: about the phrase, "When China wakes, it will shake the world." 

    January 15th, 2016

    Beijing and Taipei don't think it is. Why does the rest of the world? Article written up widely in Chinese and Taiwanese media, including Taipei Times, Apple Daily, and Sina; and in The Atlantic

    December 24th, 2015

    Xi Jinping’s secret strategy for dealing with China’s powerful retired elite; syndicated on Yahoo, and Slate's French edition.

    November 23rd, 2015

    Inside the fight over the American Bar Association's tepid condemnation of Beijing’s crackdown on lawyers and activists.

    November 5, 2015

    The self-governing island's soft power remains potent enough to change mainland China -- article widely quoted in Chinese media.

    September 23rd, 2015

    A preview of Xi Jinping's state visit, and the issues involved.

    August 31st, 2015

    A profile of Rebel Pepper, China's most notorious political cartoonist, and his life of exile in Japan.

    August 3rd, 2015

    The stories of corruption surrounding one of China's most infamous religious figures.

    June 16, 2015

    Interview with Japan’s former defense minister about
    reinterpreting the country's constitution to counter China’s rise.

    June 4, 2015

    How two defense hawks -- one American, another Chinese -- came to be friends.

    April 29, 2015

    An evening with the dance performance trying to bring down the Chinese Communist Party.

    April 13, 2015

    Many of China's netizens think she'll be too tough on their country, while others are just being sexist.

    March 13th, 2015

    An investigation into the followers of Dorje Shugden, who say the Dalai Lama is a "Muslim" who "associates" with Nazis.

    February 6th, 2015

    The art of the pickup in New Delhi, where homosexuality is illegal,
    Grindr is growing, and policemen are waiting just around the corner.

    February 4th, 2015

    Profile of the Tibetan prime minister-in-exile, reported from Dharamsala, India.

    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.

    January 23rd, 2015

    What happened to the star anchorman Rui Chenggang?

    January 22nd, 2015

    The most masterful rejection I have ever received.

    December 31st, 2014

    When it comes to censorship, it's Beijing -- not Pyongyang -- that poses the real threat to Hollywood.

    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. 

    November 4, 2014

    Exclusive interview with China's Ambassador to the United States before Obama's trip to Asia.

    October 22nd, 2014 

    Blog post quoted in The Wall Street JournalThe Washington Post, The Atlantic, CNN, and the BBC,  and which sparked a debate in The Atlantic.

    October 17th, 2014

    Book review about Suki Kim's memoir about teaching in an elite North Korean school run by evangelical missionaries, "Without You There Is No Us." 

    October 1st, 2014 

     Exclusive interview with Uighur Leader Rebiya Kadeer about the protests in Hong Kong, and Uighur claims for independence. 

    September 29th, 2014

    Watching Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Madison Square Garden extravaganza.

    September 25th, 2014

    A look at Beijing's favorite rhetorical trick.

    September 1st, 2014

    What message does civil unrest in Hong Kong send to the rest of China?

  • Recent Appearances

    Xi defangs the 'Wolf Warrior,' June 3rd, 2021

    China successfully lands a rover on Mars, May 15th, 2021

    Transparency is elusive as investors assess governance risks in China, May 11th, 2021

    LinkedIn's China policies raises freedom of expression worries, May 11th, 2021

    U.S.-China relations in the era of Biden, May 7th, 2021





    Biden concludes the second day of the climate change summit, April 23rd, 2021

    Businesses operating in China make ethical sacrifices for their most important growth market, April 2nd, 2021

    China wants to challenge the United States as leader of the global stage, March 30th, 2021

    Global brands address forced labor in China, but risk alienating Chinese consumers, March 25th, 2021

    China boosts its ties with North Korea and Russia in wake of talks with the United States, March 22nd, 2021

    Biden meets with "The Quad" allies to balance China's rising economic and military dominance, March 12th, 2021

    U.S.-China relations remain strained under the Biden administration, March 3rd, 2021

    ESG sets low expectations for companies, February 23rd, 2021

    The pandemic has brought out the Chinese government's growing influence over Hollywood content, February 20th, 2021

    The Justice Department has charged three North Korean hackers over a wide-ranging scheme, February 17th, 2021

    How companies should deal with China to make sure they're running an ethical business, February 16th, 2021

    The Biden administration needs to decide how to deal with the CCP, January 26th, 2021

    The U.S. declares the CCP is committing genocide against the Uighurs, January 19th, 2021

    Article on leaked Chinese virus database included in Foreign Policy's top stories of 2020, December 31st, 2020

    Article on Wilbur Ross and the U.S.-China trade war included in Foreign Policy's 2020 Year in Review, December 30th, 2020

    Jack Ma's empire is at risk, December 28th, 2020

    Iconic U.S. brands continue to compromise ethics to business with China, November 30th, 2020

    Biden's pick for Secretary of State signals future reengagement with U.S. allies, November 24th, 2020

    President Trump signed an executive order barring Americans from investing in Chinese military-linked firms, November 13th, 2020

    Xi Jinping discusses China's plans for global trade, November 4th, 2020

    Spoke on a panel about the implications of Hong Kong's National Security Law for Taiwan, October 14th, 2020

    North Korea is preparing its largest ever military parade, October 9th, 2020

    The Trump Administration is removing Tik Tok and WeChat from U.S. app stores, September 18th, 2020

    Amid tense relations between the United States and China, the U.S. ambassador to China is stepping down, September 14th, 2020

    The ongoing border dispute between India and China could potentially spiral out of control, September 11th, 2020.

    Disney has thanked a Chinese government agency accused of human rights abuses in Xinjiang for its help in making "Mulan," September 8th, 2020

    Disney's live-action remake of "Mulan" is facing backlash, September 8th, 2020

    Hong Kong protesters are calling for a boycott of "Mulan," which received further criticism for filming in Xinjiang, September 8th, 2020

    Criticism of "Mulan" is growing after its credits revealed an official thank you to government entities in Xinjiang, September 7th, 2020

    Key takeaways from the last night of the RNC, as President Trump formally accepted the Republican Party's nomination, August 28th, 2020

    The Trump administration has imposed new restrictions on Huawei, August 19th, 2020

    China announced sanctions on 11 Americans for their critical views of Hong Kong, August 12th, 2020

    The Trump administration is imposing a new round of sanctions on top officials in Hong Kong, August 7th, 2020

    Chinese state-backed hackers go after the Vatican, July 30th, 2020

    Diplomatic relations between the United States and China are the frostiest they've been in decades, July 25th, 2020

    The left's silence on China's ethnic cleansing, July 7th, 2020

    Controversial security law takes effect in Hong Kong, July 3rd, 2020

    Foreign corporations' complicit role in China's oppression of Uighur Muslims, June 30th, 2020

    China sees two-month high in confirmed cases of coronavirus, June 14th, 2020

    On the COVID-19 pandemic's role in reshaping geopolitics, June 9, 2020

    Xi's Hong Kong power grab distracts from domestic troubles, May 23rd, 2020

    Taiwan's response to the COVID-19 pandemic shines light on its international status, May 8th, 2020

    Trump administration portrays crisis as example of danger Beijing's leadership poses to China and the world, May 4th, 2020

    Missouri became the first U.S. state to sue China for allegedly concealing information about the coronavirus outbreak, April 21st, 2020

    US intelligence operations face challenges after China dealt a blow to CIA infrastructure, April 17th, 2020

    CNN updates story after citing a media outlet controlled by the Chinese government, April 15th, 2020

    As China returns to normal, coronavirus cases are surging in other parts of Asia, April 9th, 2020

    Nature apologizes for linking the coronavirus to China, April 9th, 2020

    China's take on evacuating a US Navy carrier, April 2nd, 2020

    China aims to be a stabilizing force in troubled global financial markets, March 22nd, 2020

    A comparison of Biden and Sanders' China plans with regards to the trade war, March 6th, 2020

    Coronavirus epidemic expands beyond Chinese borders, February 28th, 2020

    Considering the possibility of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan, January 25th, 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

    On the phase-one U.S.-China trade deal, January 10th, 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

    Hunter Biden's links to China fall under scrutiny, November 27th, 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

    U.S. blacklisting threatens to derail $1 billion Chinese tech IPO, October 8th, 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

    Where do U.S.-China relations go next? September 27th, 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

    Discussion of the escalating trade war between China and the U.S., August 23rd, 2019

    Protesters in Hong Kong turned out for an 11th consecutive weekend of demonstrations, August 19th, 2019

    Violence erupts at Hong Kong airport as protesters clash with police, August 13th, 2019

    Hong Kong protests are a long-term story for markets, August 12th, 2019

    Huawei has closer ties to Chinese military than had been previously disclosed, July 6th, 2019

    Different ways Beijing tries to influence Americans and how it can be effective, June 5th, 2019

    Tiananmen crushed Asia’s wave of rebellion, June 4th, 2019

    China may restrict U.S. access to rare earths, May 30th, 2019

    Are American voters ready to bear the costs of an economic war with China, May 22nd, 2019

    China talks may get worse before they get better, May 10th, 2019

    CBS censors “The Good Fight” for a musical short about China, May 7th, 2019

    U.S.-China trade deal will be a truce, April 7th, 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

    China consumer rights show holds fire on foreign targets, March 16th, 2019

    A backgrounder on the China–North Korea relationship, March 13th, 2019

    U.S. trade deficit hits new high despite Trump's hard line on China, March 7th, 2019

    Trump leaves North Korea summit with no deal, February 28th, 2019

    Kim Jong Un made a surprise visit to China, February 8th, 2019

    Malpass’s appointment as the World Bank chief would upset China, February 6th, 2019

    Merkel courts Abe as Berlin rethinks China-centric stance, February 5th, 2019

    Huawei's problems deepen as western suspicions mount, January 27th, 2019

    Why Trump is meeting with North Korean envoy Kim Yong Chol, January 18th, 2019

    Asian companies warn of the 'serious implications' of a no-deal Brexit, January 16th, 2019

    Apple's problems in China is not the brand, January 4th, 2019

    China's moon landing sets the stage for a new space race, January 4th, 2019

    Columbia’s Jeffrey Sachs quits Twitter after criticism of Huawei article, January 2nd, 2019

    Timing of Trump trade tweet is suspicious, December 30th, 2018

    U.S. judge holds North Korea liable for death of American student, December 26th, 2018

    Huawei investigation adds new strain on tech and trade wars, December 13th, 2018

    Trump touts trade truce with China, December 6th, 2018

    Huawei arrest is a slap in the face for China, December 6th, 2018

    Spoke at a film screening of People's Republic of Desire, December 2nd, 2018

    Spoke at the event, Midterm Elections in Taiwan-and the United States: What Happened and What are the Implications for Taiwan-US-China Relations?, November 26th, 2018

    China's Xi Jinping slams 'winner-takes-all' approach to trade, November 11th, 2018

    Xinhua News Agency unveiled their new AI-news anchors, November 9th, 2018

    China's trade war woes won't go away after Democrats' midterm gains, November 7th, 2018

    Spoke on a panel at the Class of 2006 War Studies Conference, November 6th, 2018

    Nine sci-fi sub-genres to help understand the future, November 4th, 2018

    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

    Spoke at the Mark Palmer Forum for the Advancement of Democracy Annual Conference, October 24th, 2018

    Hong Kong residents see world's longest sea bridge as infrastructure propaganda from China, October 24th, 2018

    Spoke at the event, China's influence in Australia and what it means for the United States, October 22nd, 2018

    China disappearances show Beijing sets its own rules, October 17th, 2018

    There do not seem to be any signs of Chinese interference in U.S. elections, October 12th, 2018

    A 'perfect storm' is on the horizon for U.S.-China relations, October 4th, 2018

    Prosecutors now weighing rape charge for Chinese billionaire Richard Liu, September 21st, 2018

    Tariff cloud hangs over Apple's product event, September 12th, 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

    JD.com CEO arrested in U.S. on rape allegation, September 5th, 2018

    What Liu's arrest means for JD.com and its rivals, September 4th, 2018

    Why China may be exploring a megamerger of mobile-phone carriers, September 4th, 2018

    Trump blames China for lack of progress on North Korea talks, August 25th, 2018

    Trade conflict could be long and protracted, August 23rd, 2018

    Interpol president disappeared in China, August 20th, 2018

    Tencent shows what happens when Beijing flips the switch, August 16th, 2018

    How U.S. tariffs could effect China tech earnings, August 14th, 2018

    What Trump has accomplished with North Korea, August 6th, 2018

    What China trade tensions mean for U.S. tech companies, August 3rd, 2018

    Why Qualcomm decided to scrape its bid for a major semiconductor manufacturer, July 25th, 2018

    EU expects China to accept WTO reforms, July 18th, 2018

    China's "opinion deterrence," July 12th, 2018

    Pompeo pushes back against North Korea's "gangster" comments, July 9th, 2018

    The United States may be on the verge of a trade war with China, July 5th, 2018

    Chinese political cartoonist Rebel Pepper finds more artistic freedom in the United States, July 2nd, 2018

    New satellite images of North Korea nuclear site may show upgrades, June 27th, 2018

    What U.S. curbs on Chinese investment means for tech, June 25th, 2018

    Ivanka Trump's Chinese proverb, June 22nd, 2018

    Kim Jong Un meets with China's leader for the third time, June 20th, 2018

    Ivanka Trump's Chinese proverb that wasn't, June 13th, 2018

    Coverage of the Trump-Kim summit from 8pm to 6AM EST, June 12th, 2018

    Previewing the Kim-Trump summit, June 11th, 2018

    The history of North Korea's relationship with U.S. presidents, June 10th, 2018

    Previewing the summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, June 10th, 2018

    Trump: I've prepared my entire life for the Korea summit, June 9th, 2018

    China's trade tariffs, June 3rd, 2018

    On the high levels of mistrust between the United States and China, June 3rd, 2018

    Kim Jong Un writes a letter to Donald Trump, June 1st, 2018

    North and South Korea hold surprise summit, May 26th, 2018

    Quoted in an article about the U.S.-China trade war, May 25th, 2018

    Inside the White House's ZTE deal, May 25th, 2018

    Vocal critics of the worsening political situation in Hong Kong, May 22nd, 2018

    Emceed a day of panels for a conference on digital rights, May 18th, 2018

    What North Korea's threat means for upcoming summit with the U.S., May 16th, 2018

    Gave a talk entitled China and North Korea: Friends Without Benefits, May 16th, 2018

    Choosing coffee over nationalism in China, May 15th, 2018

    Kim Jong Un likely wants to maintain retain deterrent, April 29th, 2018

    I have responsibility to get North Korea deal done, says Trump, April 27th, 2018

    Koreas agree to work towards "complete denuclearization," April 27th, 2018

    Mike Pompeo much more likely to be Trump's man, April 11th, 2018

    As China fires back in the trade war, here are the winners and losers, April 4th, 2018

    The best books about North Korea, according to authors and historians, March 29th, 2018

    Here's why China has to be part of the North Korea talks, March 28th, 2018

    Kim Jong Un met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, March 27th, 2018

    Under Mike Pompeo, US State Department faces hawkish future, March 13th, 2018

    China abolishing presidential term limits, March 11th, 2018

    On the importance of world leaders flattering Donald Trump, March 9th, 2018

    Trump-Kim Summit

    Quoted by CBS, Sydney Morning Herald, Deutsche Welle, and The New Republic, March 9th, 2018

    Gave a talk entitled, "No News Is Good News: Reporting On China," March 7th, 2018

    On Chinese Communist Party Secretary Xi Jinping's power grab, March 5th, 2018

    How Chinese media covers U.S. gun violence, February 16th, 2018

    Wrote about the end of the Virtual Private Network (VPN) era in China, February 8th, 2018

    On the truce village between North and South Korea, January 5th, 2018

    Risks of war with North Korea in 2018, December 29th, 2017

    On an important Chinese economic conference (interview from 32:55-39:20), December 21st, 2017

    China hires former British prime minister to help make One Belt, One Road a reality, December 20th, 2017

    Moderated a panel on Chinese students in America, December 6th, 2017

    Moderated a discussion with Chinese novelist Guo Xiaolu, November 8th, 2017

    Trump says he expects to meet with Putin during Asia trip, November 5th, 2017

    Trump embarks on first trip to Asia, November 4th, 2017

    Asia is turning its back on democracy, and some say Trump isn't helping, November 3rd, 2017

    Trump adds one day to marathon Asia trip, November 3rd, 2017

    Could a face-to-face meeting between Trump and Kim cool tensions between the US and North Korea, November 29th, 2017

    North Korea's elusive UN envoys hard to track down in Manhattan October 27th, 2017

    Talk on why Beijing isn't doing more to constrain North Korea, October 25th, 2017

    In China, 'disrespecting' the national anthem now gets you 15 days in jail, October 11th, 2017

    On the potential for a Chinese invasion of Taiwan, October 4th, 2017

    Trump engages in war of words with North Korea, September 25th, 2017

    Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are more alike than you probably realize, September 22nd, 2017

    Trump announces new sanctions against the North Korean regime, September 21st, 2017

    South Korea's creating a special military unit to assassinate Kim Jong Un, September 14th, 2017

    North Korea fires missile over Japan, South Korea says, September 14th, 2017

    A closer look at Trump's options for addressing North Korea, September 5th, 2017

    What to do about North Korea, September 4th, 2017

    Interview on who trades with North Korea, September 4th, 2017

    Tough new UN sanctions on North Korea, August 7th, 2017

    North Korea vows retaliation against the United States, August 6th, 2017

    North Korea's ICBM progress, July 29th, 2017

    On tourism to North Korea, July 25th, 2017

    Discussing Trump's comments that patience with North Korea is over, June 30th, 2017

    China's President Xi Jinping visits Hong Kong, June 29th, 2017

    Factions and Fiction on North Korea, June 26th, 2017

    Who is to blame for Otto Warmbier's death, June 24th, 2017

    What happened when Otto Warmbier was detained in North Korea, June 23rd, 2017

    In Otto Warmbier death, a clash between permissive, authoritarian cultures, June 23rd, 2017

    Doctor's describe Warmbier's 'severe, neurological injury.' June 15th, 2017

    North Korea launches ballistic missile, May 14th, 2017

    Spoke about U.S.-China-Korean relations, May 11th, 2017

    How South Korea's new president, Moon Jae-in, may change things, May 10th, 2017

    China's first domestically made passenger jet is a warning to Boeing and Airbus, May 5th, 2017

    North Korea arrests American trying to leave country, April 24th, 2017

    American and Chinese pressure should limit North Korean nuclear threat, April 13th, 2017

    Trump-Xi summit could be good news U.S. beef, April 11th, 2017

    Tomahawk missiles on the menu at Mar-a-Lago: What's the message for China? April 7th, 2017

    Syria airstrike overshadows China summit, April 7th, 2017

    Trump and Xi: a delicate and awkward dance, April 6th, 2017

    Trump is weighing military action against Syria, April 6th, 2017

    How might Xi see Trump's missile strike, April 6th, 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

    How North Korea is a major threat to China, February 17th, 2017

    A son of North Korea's first family is dead, and the case is murky, February 14th, 2017

    On Trump's about face with Xi, February 10th, 2017

    New images show how North Korea is expanding its missile research, February 7th, 2017

    Why Sino-U.S. trade relations matter, January 23rd, 2017

    The significance of Trump's pick for his ambassador to China, December 7th, 2016

    How Trump's phone call with the Taiwanese president could affect global stability, December 3rd, 2016

    Lectured on the China challenges the next administration will face, November 15th, 2016

    Is Trump unprepared to deal with China? November 9, 2016

    What Trump's victory means for U.S.-China relations, November 7th, 2016

    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

    Moderated a panel on North Korean defectors, May 25, 2016

    Interviewed about Donald Trump's policy towards China, April 13th, 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

    Moderated a panel on the future of Taiwan's defense role, December 9th, 2015

    ISIS uses soothing music as a recruiting tool -- in China, December 8th, 2015

    Lies, damn lies, and Chinese pollution statistics, November 19th, 2015

    Why taxi driver turned billionaire Liu Yiqian spent $170.4 million on a painting, November 11, 2015

    Lectured on Chinese President Xi Jinping's foreign policy, October 8th, 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

    Interviewed for a story on Christianity in North Korea, August 3rd, 2015

    Moderated a panel on the geopolitics of Asia, May 18, 2015

    Guest lectured on China and the world, April 21st, 2015

    Hillary Clinton may be the most hated woman in China, April 13, 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

    Guest appearance on 'The Cycle' discussing Obama's trip to Asia, November 11th, 2014

    On whether or not Beijing's in charge during Obama's trip to China, November 10th, 2014

    On "The Week Ahead" discussing U.S.-China Relations, November 9th, 2014

    Panel discussion on 'Lessons in Dissent,' documentary about Hong Kong protests, November 6th, 2014

    Repressive, atheist North Korea's surprising relationship with Christian missionaries, October 22nd, 2014

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    Research Manager/Director

    New York-based international affairs analyst Isaac Stone Fish seeks a highly motivated candidate to manage research for a new organization he is launching. Candidates who have a degree in international relations, political science, public policy, business, finance, or a related field will be highly considered. The ideal candidate is an experienced researcher and commands a strong understanding of China and the private sector. Reading and speaking proficiency in Chinese is preferred, but not required.


    Responsibilities Include:

    • Directing and overseeing the work of a team of researchers
    • Conducting research on and analysis of American and global companies operating in China
    • Supporting and guiding the team by identifying and sharing appropriate research methods and tools
    • Managing research-related communications and various databases created by the team
    • (If desired) Speaking to media, and at events, about their analysis on the U.S.-China space

    Desired Knowledge, Education, and Experience:

    • 3+ years of experience in qualitative and quantitative research in a relevant field
    • Strong English-language writing and communication skills, effective critical thinking, and strong attention to detail
    • Strong understanding of China and the private sector
    • Outstanding research and data analysis skills
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    • Experience working on and collaborating with diverse teams
    • Experience living in, working on, or studying China
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    The Research Manager/Director role is a full-time, paid position that involves the use of personal phone and laptop. The manager/director will start immediately. This is a remote position. Salary and seniority of the position commensurate with experience.


    Interested candidates should submit a resume and a cover letter to isaacstonefish@gmail.com.



    Chinese Language Research Assistant

    New York-based international affairs analyst Isaac Stone Fish seeks a highly motivated candidate with high-level or native 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.


    Responsibilities Include:

    • Conduct political research and analysis in Chinese and English
    • Track developments impacting Stone Fish’s research
    • Translate or transcribe audio or visual materials from Chinese to English
    • Various other research tasks as assigned

    Required Knowledge, Education, and Experience:

    • High-level proficiency in Mandarin
    • Strong English-language writing and communication skills, effective critical thinking, and strong attention to detail
    • Strong understanding of Chinese domestic politics and U.S.-China relations
    • Outstanding research and writing skills
    • Self-starter and ability to excel in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
    • Proficiency in MS Office Suite
    • The ability to work 10-15 hours per week with flexibility for additional hours, as required

    The Research Assistant role is a paid position that involves the use of personal phone and laptop. This is a remote position.


    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 isaacstonefish@gmail.com.

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    New York-based journalist and international affairs analyst Isaac Stone Fish seeks a highly motivated candidate 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, business, finance, or a related field will be highly considered. The ideal candidate commands a strong understanding of China and the private sector. Reading proficiency in Chinese is desired, but not required.


    Responsibilities Include:

    • Conduct research on and analysis of American companies operating in China
    • Track developments impacting Stone Fish’s research
    • Various other research tasks as assigned

    Required Knowledge, Education, and Experience:

    • Working toward or possess an undergraduate or graduate degree
    • Strong English-language writing and communication skills, effective critical thinking, and strong attention to detail
    • Strong understanding of China and the private sector
    • Outstanding research and writing skills
    • Excellent data analysis skills
    • Experience living in, working on, or studying China
    • Self-starter and ability to excel in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
    • Proficiency in MS Office Suite
    • The ability to work 10-15 hours per week with flexibility for additional hours, as required

    The Research Intern role is a paid position that involves the use of personal phone and laptop. The intern will start immediately. This is a remote position.


    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 and a cover letter to isaacstonefish@gmail.com.


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