George F. Kennan and American Policy in East Asia

Paul Heer

George Washington University

March 14, 2018 12:00PM E40-496 (Pye Room)


The presentation will survey the "rise and fall" of Kennan's influence on US policy toward East Asia during the Cold War, and address how Kennan would apply his concept of "containment" to East Asia today. It draws on a forthcoming book that was completed during Heer's tenure (2015-2016) as Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow at MIT's Center for International Studies.

Short Bio

Dr. Paul Heer is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University. During 2007-15 he served as the National Intelligence Officer for East Aisa--the senior analyst of East Asian affairs in the US Intelligence Community--in the Office of Director of National Intelligence. A career officer of the Central Intelligence Agency, he began that career in 1983 as a political and foreign policy analysis on Southeast Asia before specializing on China as an analyst and analytic manager. He served on the staff of the President's Daily Brief, and as a member of the CIA's Senior Analytic Service and Senior Intelligence Service. He is a recipient of the CIA's Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal and the DNI's National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal.