My research into human rights in China, forced organ harvesting, and the intersection of Western business with Chinese security objectives has received attention since 1999. I’ve provided testimony and briefings to Congress, the Central Intelligence Agency, the European Parliament, the United Nations, and the parliaments of Ottawa, Prague, Canberra, Jerusalem, Dublin, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Westminster. About once a year I’m asked to supply soundbites for a television network: PBS, CNN, BBC, or CNBC. Last year it was the Australian show Lateline where I was asked to defend our brand new Update (co-authored with David Kilgour and David Matas) to Bloody Harvest and The Slaughter. You can find more videos on my
The research for The Slaughter (Prometheus, 2014) was supported by the Earhart Foundation, the Peder Wallenberg family, and the National Endowment for Democracy. My first book, Losing the New China (Encounter Books, 2004) won the 2005 “Spirit of Tiananmen Award.” I’ve written for the Asian Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, The Weekly Standard, National Review, World Affairs Journal, and other publications. My article “The Xinjiang Procedure” received a “Sidney Award” from David Brooks at The New York Times and won a Browser “Leaderboard” competition for the most popular long-form essay of the year. Finally, I was recently nominated for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, although I think that’s a long shot.
A very brief career history: Back in 2000-2002, I was a senior counselor at APCO China, and Vice-Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce Government Relations Committee in Beijing. As chief investigator for the AV television network in Washington DC during the 1990s, I directed the “American Investigator” documentary series. At the Brookings Institution during the 1980s, I crunched numbers as a foreign policy analyst, and I completed my BA and a Master of International Affairs at Columbia University.
I was born in the south side of Chicago, although I consider Vermont to be my real home. I met my wife in the late 1980s and married her in the late 1990s. We live in London, along with our 13-year-old son.
You can contact me here, although please be patient about my response time. I am a slow writer.