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David G Brown

China Studies Affiliated Scholar


David Brown is a China Studies Visiting Scholar at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).  From 1999 to 2006, he served as the Associate Director of Asian Studies at SAIS. 
Before joining SAIS, he served for over thirty years as a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. State Department   His diplomatic career focused on Asia and included assignments in Tokyo, Beijing, Taipei, Hong Kong and Saigon as well as in Vienna and Oslo.  He served as Deputy Consul General in Hong Kong, Economic Counselor in Beijing and Director of the State Department’s offices responsible for Taiwanese, Korean and Southeast Asian affairs.
After leaving government, David Brown worked during 1996-98 as Senior Associate at the Asia Pacific Policy Center, a non-profit institution in Washington, where he was a writer, speaker and consultant on a wide variety of Asian issues.  He served as the Chair of the East Asian Area Studies course at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute from 1998 to 2000.   He has a degree in East Asian Studies from Princeton University.  He is proficient in Chinese and Norwegian.  
David Brown is a member of the Board of the American Institute in Taiwan and a trustee of Historic Sotterley, Inc.  He has published articles on Asia, China, American Foreign Policy and colonial Maryland history in a variety of publications.  He is the author of Sotterley: Her People and Their Worlds.  He is married to Erna Paulsboe Brown.   He has three children: David Gordon, Christine and Erik. 


In the News

A chance to bolster reserve forces.

David Brown wrote in Taipei Times, 05/05