The Brookings Institution has named Jeffrey A. Bader as the first holder of the John C. Whitehead Senior Fellowship in International Diplomacy.
The fellowship is named in recognition of Whitehead’s career in which he served as deputy secretary of state under Ronald Reagan, chairman of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and chairman of Goldman Sachs.
Bader, who spent 27 years in the Foreign Service, has also served as senior director for East Asian affairs at the National Security Council and President Barack Obama’s adviser on China and East Asia, until a reshuffling of the administration’s Asia team, which began a year ago.
“Jeff meets the gold standard for Brookings scholarship,” said Brookings President Strobe Talbott in a statement. “He brings to his work deep first-hand knowledge of a vitally important part of the world as well as a disciplined intellect, a keen sense of how rigorous research and analysis can contribute to sound policymaking, and vast experience in the policy arena.”
From 2001 to 2002, Bader was assistant United States trade representative responsible for the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mongolia. In that capacity, he completed the negotiations for the PRC’s and Taiwan’s accession into the World Trade Organization.
Bader is no stranger to Brookings. In 2005, he became the founding director of the John L. Thornton China Center at the think tank until joining the Obama administration in 2005. Since leaving government, Bader has been a visiting scholar in the John L. Thornton China Center.
Bader’s book, “Obama and China’s Rise: An Insider’s Account of America’s Asia Strategy,” will be published by the Brookings Institution Press in early 2012.