Matthew Brazil

Matthew Brazil is a researcher and writer. 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 U.S. Embassy, Beijing, where he both promoted and controlled U.S. 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 has begun research on a second book intended to be an integrated narrative history of intelligence operations in the Chinese Communist movement.


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    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