I-wei Jennifer Chang is a Research Fellow at the Global Taiwan Institute in Washington, D.C. Previously, she was Senior Program Specialist in the China Program at the United States Institute of Peace, where she examined China’s economic, diplomatic, and security role in conflict-affected countries in the Middle East, Africa, and the Indo-Pacific region. She also worked as a Research Assistant at the Embassy of India in Washington, D.C., and as a researcher at the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. She has written for several publications including 9DashLine, Foreign Policy, Jadaliyya, Middle East Research and Information Project, ISLAMiCommentary, and the Middle East Institute’s Middle East-Asia Project. She wrote a book chapter on “Chinese Policies on the Arab Uprisings” in Popular Unrest and Foreign Policy: The International Politics of the Arab Spring, edited by Robert Mason (Palgrave Macmillan, December 2014), and another book chapter on “The Chinese Perspective on the Yemen Crisis” in The Global, Regional, and Local Dynamics in the Yemen Crisis, edited by Stephen W. Day and Noel Brehony (Palgrave Macmillan, February 2020). She holds two Master’s degrees in International Relations and Journalism from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and has studied Arabic.
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