My research into Chinese Internet surveillance, the Laogai System, and the intersection of Western business with Chinese security objectives has received sustained attention for almost 15 years now. I’ve provided testimony and briefings to Congress, the Central Intelligence Agency, Geneva’s International Society for Human Rights, the United Nations, and the parliaments of Brussels, Ottawa, and Canberra. More recently its been Dublin, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Westminster. I’ve spoken at universities and press clubs around the world. Once a year I’m asked to supply soundbites for a television network: PBS, CNN, BBC, or CNBC.
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 the highly coveted “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. The research for my current, almost-completed, book The Slaughter was supported by the Earhart Foundation, the Peder Wallenberg family, and the National Endowment for Democracy. My first book, Losing the New China won the 2005 “Spirit of Tiananmen Award.”
Back in the day I was a senior counselor at APCO China, the premier public affairs firm in Beijing. As chief investigator for the AV television network in Washington DC during the 1990s, I directed the flagship “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.
Along with my wife and 10-year-old son, I live in London.