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 July 20, 2016
    Interpreting the South China Sea Tribunal Ruling

    As President Obama’s term in office draws to a close, his legacy in the Asia-Pacific deserves reflection, particularly in light of tensions in the South China Sea and cross-strait relations.

  • Podcast June 28, 2016
    Uncertainty in China-Europe Relations

    China-EU commercial relations are increasingly asymmetric and spontaneous, which presents opportunities and challenges to the overall relationship.

  • Podcast May 31, 2016
    View from Moscow: China’s Westward March

    China and Russia enjoy an increasingly close relationship that constitutes more than a partnership but falls short of a full alliance.

  • Podcast May 13, 2016
    2016 Elections in a Changing Asia-Pacific

    New leadership in Taiwan and the United States has the potential to alter the dynamics of the U.S.-China relationship.

  • Podcast April 22, 2016
    China’s Relations with a Strategic Europe

    Projecting a cohesive foreign policy is a key challenge facing the European Union, and its dealings with China are no exception.

  • Podcast March 28, 2016
    U.S.-China Relations and the South China Sea

    Disputes between China and U.S. allies over the South China can be settled diplomatically, but this will require a nuanced understanding of all parties’ concerns.

  • Podcast February 9, 2016
    China-EU Trade and Economic Relations

    2015 has seen a sizable increase in China’s investment in the European Union, as well as increasingly strong commercial and economic ties.

  • Podcast January 19, 2016
    Is China’s Belt and Road a Strategy?

    Chinese leaders have framed the Belt and Road initiative as a way for China to provide public goods to other countries, although a lack of transparency has led some to question China’s motives.

  • Podcast January 3, 2016
    The 2016 Taiwan Elections and Cross-Strait Relations

    The historic visit between Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-jeou cemented the legacies of both leaders, but a DPP victory in Taiwan’s elections could introduce new challenges into cross-Strait relations.

  • Podcast November 5, 2015
    The Paris Talks and China’s Approach to Climate Change

    China’s national cap-and-trade program for carbon emissions and other recently announced initiatives are creating positive momentum ahead of the UN climate conference in Paris.

  • 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.


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