Matthew Brazil

Matt Brazil is a Senior Analyst at BluePath Labs and a Senior Fellow at The Jamestown Foundation. He pursued Chinese studies as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, as an Army officer with tours in Korea and NSA, and as a graduate student at Harvard in their Regional Studies East Asia program. After a stint as the China specialist for the Commerce Department’s Office of Export Enforcement, he was assigned as a Commercial Officer with the US Embassy, Beijing, where he both promoted and controlled US high technology exports to China.

Afterward, Matt spent 20 years as a security professional, performing investigations in China for a chip manufacturer, and leading the development of a security organization in China for an American specialty chemicals firm. His PhD dissertation at the University of Sydney (2013) described the place in the Chinese Communist Party of their intelligence organs. That and further research led to his contribution as the coauthor of Chinese Communist Espionage, An Intelligence Primer (2019). Matt is also the author of the China chapter in the Handbook of Asian Intelligence Cultures (2022). His next book concerns Beijing’s contemporary worldwide espionage and influence offensive.

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    Jamestown Fellow Matthew Brazil Quoted by BenarNews

    Jamestown Fellow Matthew Brazil was quoted on July 7 by BenarNews regarding the "unprecedented" joint press conference held by the UK's MI5 Director General Ken McCallumand and US FBI Director Christopher

    Matt Brazil quoted in the New York Times

    Jamestown Fellow Matthew Brazil was recently quoted in the New York Times regarding an ongoing U.S. Treasury Department investigation of Huawei, the Chinese tech giant. Mr. Brazil previously worked in

    Jamestown Fellow Matt Brazil Quoted by LA Times

    Jamestown Fellow Matt Brazil was quoted in the LA Times on September 24 regarding how China views espionage: “The regime appears to be accelerating counterintelligence efforts in response to fears of spies...This

    Addressing Rising Business Risk in China

    As the People’s Republic of China (PRC) celebrated its first-ever National Security Day, anti-foreigner sentiment appears to have been made an official part of the Chinese state’s increased vigilance. A