Senior Vice President, National Security and International Policy



Alan Yu

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Alan Yu is the senior vice president for National Security and International Policy at American Progress. Yu has three decades of experience working on some of the world’s biggest global challenges, from energy and environment to human rights to international trade to nonproliferation.

Yu previously served at the U.S. Department of State as an adviser to Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry. He was responsible for diplomatic engagement on climate policy with countries across the Indo-Pacific and spearheaded efforts at the State Department to elevate and integrate climate policy into U.S. diplomacy.

Yu had a previous stint at American Progress from 2019 to 2021, as a senior fellow and director for international climate policy with the Energy and Environment department.

Yu served from 2014 to 2018 as the U.S. Department of Energy’s director for Asian affairs, where he coordinated department efforts to execute a unified strategy in U.S. energy policy and technical engagement with countries in East, Southeast, and South Asia.

Prior to the Department of Energy, Yu served for more than two decades as a U.S. diplomat, with postings in Washington, China, Japan, and Afghanistan. Earlier, Yu was a middle school teacher in the Central African Republic as a Peace Corps volunteer.


The FBI’s Mar-a-Lago Papers Search Fact Sheet
The Mar-a-Lago resort is seen against a stormy gray cloud with an American flag in front.

The FBI’s Mar-a-Lago Papers Search

Former President Trump didn’t just abscond with classified material he wasn’t allowed to have; he may have gravely harmed U.S. national security at the same time.

Alan Yu, Peter Juul

Renewed U.S.-India Climate Cooperation Report
 (Indian workers install solar panels at the Gujarat solar park in the Charanka village of the Patan district on April 14, 2012.)

Renewed U.S.-India Climate Cooperation

The United States and India can collaborate to rapidly catalyze foreign institutional investment in India’s green transition, which would significantly influence the global effort to combat climate change.

Kanika Chawla, Alan Yu, Rita Cliffton

An International Climate Road Map for the Next President Article
The sun rises over an industrial port in North Charleston, South Carolina. (Getty/Corbis/Andrew Lichtenstein)

An International Climate Road Map for the Next President

As the Trump administration begins its official withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, it is important to consider what climate policy actions a future president can take to get American global climate leadership back on track.

Alan Yu

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