Alan
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Senior Vice President, National Security and International Policy

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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 biggest global challenges for the United States, 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 region and spearheading efforts to reform internal operations to emphasize and integrate climate policy at the State Department.

Yu had a previous stint at American Progress from 2019 to 2021, serving 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 the efforts and resources of the department’s senior leadership, technical offices, and national labs to ensure a unified strategy in U.S. energy policy and technical engagement with countries in East, Southeast, and South Asia.

Prior to serving at the Energy Department, Yu served as a foreign service officer at the State Department, with postings in Washington, D.C., China, Japan, and Afghanistan. He worked on a wide range of regional and foreign policy matters, with a focus on East Asia and international environmental issues. Earlier in his life, Yu was a middle school teacher in the Central African Republic during his time serving as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Yu received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.

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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

What a Biden-Modi Initiative To Spur India’s Green Transition Should Look Like Fact Sheet
 (Kashmiri residents pluck saffron flowers as they take part in the harvest of saffron at a farm in Pampore on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, on October 29, 2020.)

What a Biden-Modi Initiative To Spur India’s Green Transition Should Look Like

The United States and India have an opportunity to partner to catalyze foreign institutional investment in India’s green transition—a critical contribution to drive progress in 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