Paul Haenle

Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
Haenle served as the director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolian Affairs on the National Security Council staffs of former president George W. Bush and President Barack Obama prior to joining Carnegie.


MA, Harvard University 
BS, Clarkson University


Chinese; English; German


Paul Haenle is the director of the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center based at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. In addition to running the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center, Haenle is also an adjunct professor at Tsinghua, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses to Chinese and international students on international relations and global governance. 

Prior to joining Carnegie, he served from June 2007 to June 2009 as the director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolian Affairs on the National Security Council staffs of former president George W. Bush and President Barack Obama. From June 2007 to January 2009, Haenle also played a key role as the White House representative to the U.S. negotiating team at the six-party-talks nuclear negotiations. From May 2004 to June 2007, he served as the executive assistant to the U.S. national security adviser.

Trained as a China foreign area officer in the U.S. Army, Haenle has been assigned twice to the U.S. embassy in Beijing, served as a U.S. Army company commander during a two-year tour to the Republic of Korea, and worked in the Pentagon as an adviser on China, Taiwan, and Mongolia Affairs on the staff of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Early assignments in the U.S. Army included postings in Germany, Desert Storm, Korea, and Kuwait. He retired from the U.S. Army as a lieutenant colonel in October 2009.

  • Podcast March 24, 2015
    China’s Growing Role in South and Central Asia

    China is adopting a larger diplomatic role in Central and South Asia to enhance stability and foster prosperity in the region.

  • The Catch-22 in U.S.-Chinese Relations
    Op-Ed Foreign Affairs February 22, 2015 中文
    The Catch-22 in U.S.-Chinese Relations

    The United States and China don’t agree on every issue. But in the past, the two countries have found ways to deal with their disagreements without obstructing progress in areas of common interest.

  • Podcast February 10, 2015
    China’s New Silk Road

    Xi Jinping’s One Belt and One Road plan promises to enhance economic cooperation throughout Eurasia, but it faces complex political and developmental challenges.

  • Op-Ed February 9, 2015 中文
    A Reference Point for Internationalizing Chinese Think Tanks

    The Carnegie–Tsinghua Center serves as a vital platform for Chinese and international scholars and policymakers to exchange views on today’s most pressing global issues.

  • Podcast January 20, 2015
    Iran Nuclear Talks

    Neither Iran nor any of the P5+1 negotiating parties want the current talks to fall through, yet it remains to be seen whether remaining areas of disagreement can be bridged.

  • Podcast January 6, 2015
    Conventional Prompt Global Strike

    China has concerns about how the U.S. conventional prompt global strike program might affect East Asian stability.

  • Op-Ed Insight December 25, 2014 中文
    China Flexes Diplomatic Muscles to Match Growing Economic Size

    To allay neighboring countries’ misgivings about Beijing’s growing assertiveness, China must match its verbal commitment to harmony and win-win collaboration with concrete actions.

  • Podcast December 16, 2014
    U.S.-China Military Relations

    Obama’s trip to China has opened opportunities to strengthen bilateral ties and to promote military-to-military cooperation through confidence-building measures.

  • Year in Crisis December 10, 2014 Русский 中文
    The World in 2015

    Our take on the year ahead.

  • Podcast December 2, 2014
    Obama’s Trip to Asia

    President Obama’s trip to China produced important bilateral visa, military, and climate agreements, yet much work remains to implement this ambitious agenda.

  • Phoenix Television March 7, 2014
    Changes and Breakthroughs in China's Diplomacy

    As a rising power, China has a central role to play in resolving critical global challenges.

  • China Radio International April 13, 2013
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Visits China

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s first visit to China will likely see a focus on security on the Korean peninsula, the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, and cyber security.

  • BBC March 7, 2013
    China's Foreign Policy Challenges

    North Korean nuclear issues, territorial disputes, and the relationship with the United States are the key issues affecting China’s foreign policy in 2013.

  • Huanqiu Net December 7, 2012
    U.S.-China Cooperation

    The leadership transition in both the United States and China has provided fresh opportunities for both countries to put aside differences and work together on issues of global significance.

  • AmCham-ChinaNovember 14 November 14, 2012
    How the U.S. Election Played in China

    Increasing Chinese interest in the U.S. political system presents an opportunity to improve Sino-U.S. ties, but also puts a spotlight on tensions and misunderstandings between the two countries.

  • State on Demand February 17, 2012
    The U.S.-China Security Dynamic

    Although the U.S.-China relationship benefits from deep economic and trade ties, the military-to-military relationship between the two nations is not as strong as it should be.

  • Phoenix TV January 18, 2011
    The United States, China and the North Korean Nuclear Dilemma

    The status of North Korea has a strong affect on bilateral relations between the United States and China.


Areas of Expertise

Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
No. 1 East Zhongguancun Street, Building 3 Tsinghua University Science Park, Chuangye Building, Room 408 Haidian District, Beijing 100084 China