Patricia M. Kim
Senior Policy Analyst, China
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Dr. Patricia M. Kim is a senior policy analyst with the China Program at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Her areas of expertise include Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations, and East Asian security issues. Dr. Kim's current research portfolio includes topics ranging from U.S.-China strategic competition, China's policies toward the Korean Peninsula and U.S.-ROK alliance issues, to China-Africa relations. She is currently the project director of the China-Red Sea Senior Study Group at USIP, which examines China's activities and influence in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa.
Previously, Dr. Kim was a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, International Security Program Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program at Princeton University. She is currently a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Dr. Kim’s writing has been featured in publications such as Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, International Security, The South China Morning Post, and The Washington Post. She has testified before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade.
Dr. Kim received her doctoral degree from the Department of Politics at Princeton University and her bachelor's with highest distinction in political science and Asian studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Korean, and proficient in Japanese.
Conflict Analysis & Prevention
Mediation, Negotiation & Dialogue
Global Policy
North Korea
Washington’s Allies and Partners Weigh in on U.S.-China Competition
Thursday, June 3, 2021
By: Patricia M. Kim
The Biden administration has adopted an overarching strategy of renewing relations with allies and partners to counter China where necessary, while also cooperating with Beijing when it is in the United States’ interest to so. As competition between Washington and Beijing heats up, however, avenues to resolve conflicts peacefully between the two major powers remain limited. A recent USIP report brought together U.S. and Chinese authors to offer recommendations on how the two powers can enhance strategic stability. But how do U.S. allies and partners factor in and what steps would they like Washington and Beijing to take to prevent conflict and manage crises? 
Type: Analysis and Commentary
Global Policy; Conflict Analysis & Prevention
Austin, Blinken Affirm U.S. Commitment to Asian Allies
Thursday, March 18, 2021
By: Patricia M. Kim; Frank Aum; Vikram J. Singh; Brian Harding
U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are in Asia this week for their first official foreign trip. They held meetings in Japan and South Korea. Blinken returned to the United States via Alaska where he and U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan meet with their Chinese counterparts today, while Austin is in India. On March 12, President Joe Biden and the leaders of Australia, India and Japan participated in a virtual summit of the “Quad,” a strategic dialogue between the four countries aimed at ensuring an open, free and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.
Type: Analysis and Commentary
Global Policy; Conflict Analysis & Prevention
Prospects for Crisis Management on the China-India Border
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
By: Patricia M. Kim; Vikram J. Singh
After a deadly skirmish in June and shots fired in September, Sino-Indian tensions have escalated to a level not seen in decades. Both countries’ foreign ministers recently agreed to a five-point framework to manage the situation, showing both sides want tensions to plateau rather than deteriorate further. But the Line of Actual Control (LAC) will not easily go back to a well-managed bilateral irritant—right now, it’s a dangerous flashpoint and likely to stay that way. USIP’s Vikram Singh and Patricia Kim look at the recent discussions, what’s driving the escalation, how the conflict affects the region, and what history can tell us about how it might be resolved.
Type: Analysis and Commentary
Conflict Analysis & Prevention
North Korea Blew Up Its Liaison Office with the South. What Now?
Thursday, June 18, 2020
By: Frank Aum; Patricia M. Kim
North Korea’s demolition this week of an inter-Korean liaison office that symbolized North-South cooperation marks a new spike in tensions between the countries, and in North Korean frustration with the United States. It was the latest in a string of inflammatory rhetoric and actions directed at Seoul and Washington since the failure of the February 2019 summit in Hanoi between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The building’s demolition renews strains over North Korea’s ongoing development of a nuclear weapons arsenal, the corresponding global sanctions against Pyongyang’s illicit behavior and the 67-year failure to formalize a peace treaty following the Korean War. USIP analysts Patricia Kim and Frank Aum discuss the latest downturn.
Type: Analysis and Commentary
Peace Processes
Beijing Legislation Reignites Hong Kong Protests
Thursday, May 28, 2020
By: Patricia M. Kim; Rachel Vandenbrink
In Hong Kong, protesters have once again taken to the streets to push back against China’s efforts to assert further control over the territory. After a year of intense demonstrations calling for greater autonomy from the mainland, Hong Kong is now facing proposed legislation from Beijing that would broadly curtail citizens’ rights and freedoms. USIP’s Patricia Kim and Rachel Vandenbrink examine the proposed legislation, how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the situation, and what the U.S. can do in response.
Type: Analysis and Commentary
Democracy & Governance
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Saturday, May 15, 2021
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Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Kim Jong Un’s Long Game Starts With Short-Range Missiles
Friday, April 2, 2021
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