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Alison Szalwinski

Director for Political and Security Affairs
The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR)

Alison Szalwinski is Director for Political and Security Affairs at NBR.

Ms. Szalwinski directs program management and project development for the political and security affairs team. In addition, she serves as project lead for several NBR initiatives, including NBR’s flagship Strategic Asia Program; the U.S.-Korea Next Generation Leaders Program; and the People’s Liberation Army Conference.

She is the author of numerous articles and reports and co-editor of Strategic Asia 2017–18: Power, Ideas, and Military Strategy in the Asia-Pacific (2017), Strategic Asia 2016–17: Understanding Strategic Culture in the Asia-Pacific (2016), and Strategic Asia 2015–16: Foundations of National Power in the Asia-Pacific (2015). Prior to joining NBR, Szalwinski worked briefly at the U.S. Department of State and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Her research interests include alliance management, U.S.-Korea-Japan trilateral relations and U.S.-China strategic relations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Affairs and History from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in Asian Studies from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Outside of work, she enjoys outdoor activities, including snowboarding, climbing, and biking.

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