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Peter Mattis is President of The Jamestown Foundation, a position he began in Fall 2023. He returns to the foundation after having served as editor of China Brief from 2011 to 2013 and as a fellow in the China program from 2013 to 2018.

Most recently, Mr. Mattis was Senior Fellow with the U.S. House Select Committee on the Strategic Competition between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party on loan from the Special Competitive Studies Project where he served as Director for Intelligence. From 2019 to 2021, he served as the Senate-appointed staff director of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) where he was a part of the legislative team that passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy ActUyghur Human Rights Policy ActTibetan Policy and Support Act, and the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. He began his government career as a counterintelligence analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, where he earned exceptional performance awards for analytic leadership and community support.

Mr. Mattis has written and spoken widely about the Chinese Government and Communist Party’s politics, foreign policy, internal security, intelligence, and political influence activities – including testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, House Select Committee on Intelligence, U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, and the European Parliament. Mr. Mattis’ writing and commentary have appeared in Foreign AffairsForeign PolicyThe DiplomatSydney Morning HeraldStudies in IntelligenceInternational Journal of Intelligence and CounterintelligenceWar on the Rocks, and The National Interest. He also has been quoted in major media outlets including the New York TimesWall Street JournalFinancial TimesWashington PostThe EconomistBBCThe Guardian, and Süddeutsche Zeitung. Mattis is the author of Analyzing the Chinese Military: A Review Essay and Resource Guide on the People’s Liberation Army (2015) and co-author of Chinese Communist Espionage: An Intelligence Primer (2019)—both of which he wrote while a Jamestown fellow. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and Georgetown University.

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    Army Day Coverage Stresses Continuity of Reform

    On August 1, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) celebrated Army Day, the anniversary of its founding during the Nanchang Uprising in 1927. Commentaries in official media often use the

    Appraising Xi Jinping’s Politicking

    At least since the politicking for China’s leadership succession heated up last summer, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Xi Jinping consistently has shaped the political environment in his favor,

    Peter Mattis cited by Niti Central

    An article by China Brief Editor Peter Mattis, Out with the New, In with the old: Interpreting China's 'New Type of International Relations,' was cited by Niti Central in China's dream is

    New Police Chief Shows Reliability But Not Power

    Following the Minister of Public Security Meng Jianzhu’s ascent to chair the Central Political-Legal Affairs Committee and the Politburo of the 18th Central Committee, a little-known provincial party secretary, Guo

    Spiraling Surprises in Sino-Japanese Tensions

    Ever since the Japanese government bought several of the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands from a private owner, Sino-Japanese relations have been in a downward spiral. Japan’s change of government following the mid-December

    Soothing Tones on China’s Rise Strike Dissonance

    The newly-appointed Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Xi Jinping’s talk of China’s national rejuvenation has generated a lot of concern in foreign analyses about the implications of the just-completed

    The Unrepentant China Model

    Reform has dominated discussions of China this year as the country approached a major leadership transition. At the National People’s Congress in March, optimism blinded many analysts from recognizing the

    Looking Ahead at Politburo Possibilities

    As the 18th Party Congress approaches and Chinese leaders enter their final rounds of horse trading, recent personnel changes suggest the future of Chinese politics is starting to take shape