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Expertise: Asia-Pacific, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Japan, defense policy

Brian Harding is director for East and Southeast Asia policy for National Security and International Policy at American Progress. In this role, he manages a range of projects focused on U.S. policy in the Asia-Pacific.

From 2009 to 2013, he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy) as country director for Asian and Pacific security affairs, where he managed defense relations with major U.S. partners in Southeast Asia and Oceania—including Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand—and advised senior Department of Defense leadership on Asia-Pacific regional strategy. In this position, Harding played an instrumental role in several high-profile defense policy initiatives, including agreements to station U.S. Marines in Darwin, Australia, and littoral combat ships in Singapore.

Prior to working at the Department of Defense, Harding was a research associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he focused on Southeast Asia and Japan. In this role, he helped build the first Southeast Asia policy program in the Washington, D.C. think-tank community and managed several initiatives aimed at strengthening the U.S.-Japan alliance. In positions with Eurasia Group and Monitor 360, Harding has advised multinational corporations, financial institutions, and the U.S. government on political risk and leadership dynamics in Southeast Asia.

Harding holds an M.A. in Asian studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University and a B.A. in history and Japanese studies from Middlebury College. He has studied at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, and was a Fulbright scholar in Indonesia.

By Brian Harding
If Trump Forgets About Human Rights in Asia, the World Will SufferForeign PolicyNovember 2, 2017
5 Challenges Trump Will Face in AsiaCenter for American ProgressNovember 1, 2017
Najib’s US Visit Sends a Troubling Message on Rule of LawThe DiplomatSeptember 13, 2017
A Trump Clash with Moon Will Let Kim Jong Un Off the HookNewsweekJune 26, 2017
U.S.-Indonesia and U.S.-Malaysia Relations in the Trump EraCenter for American ProgressJune 5, 2017
Why Taiwan’s Gay Marriage Ruling MattersThe DiplomatJune 1, 2017
Showing Up Is Not Enough: Trump’s First 100 Days in the Asia-PacificCenter for American ProgressApril 27, 2017
Common Ground for the United States, Japan, and China in Southeast AsiaCenter for American ProgressMarch 28, 2017
The U.S.-Japan Alliance in an Age of Elevated U.S.-China RelationsCenter for American ProgressMarch 17, 2017
America’s Pacific Posture: Staying the CourseWar on the RocksMarch 2, 2017
Can President Trump Avoid Sabotaging the U.S.-Japan Alliance?MediumFebruary 8, 2017
U.S.–Southeast Asia Relations: Raised Stakes and Renewed ImportanceAsia PolicyJanuary 23, 2017
Indonesia’s Inward TurnThe DiplomatDecember 7, 2016
Recalibrating U.S.-China Relations in Southeast AsiaCenter for American ProgressOctober 25, 2016
The Missing LinkCenter for American ProgressMay 31, 2016
A new start for the US-Burma relationshipThe HillApril 1, 2016
Obama’s Asia Engagement Architecture: A Framework on Which to BuildThe DiplomatJanuary 27, 2016
Jokowi’s Visit Will Highlight Why Indonesia Is a Natural U.S. PartnerCenter for American ProgressOctober 21, 2015
Dealing with a Proactive ChinaCenter for American ProgressSeptember 22, 2015
What Washington Can Learn From Japan’s Domestic Policy AgendaCenter for American ProgressSeptember 8, 2015
The Values-Interest Balance: U.S. and Japan Foreign Policy Cooperation in Support of DemocratizationCenter for American ProgressApril 27, 2015
Mindful of Both Past and Present Challenges, Japan and the United States Must Work Together to Achieve a Progressive FutureCenter for American ProgressApril 27, 2015
A Pivotal Year for Malaysia on the Global StageCenter for American ProgressJanuary 29, 2015
Supporting Continued Reform in MyanmarCenter for American ProgressNovember 13, 2014
Jokowi’s Big Maritime Plans for Indonesia Need International SupportWorld Politics ReviewSeptember 2, 2014
Indonesia: Washington’s Vital PartnerThe National InterestJuly 9, 2014