Susan Shirk is a Senior Director of ASG, helping clients solve problems and seize opportunities in East Asia. Dr. Shirk draws on relationships and experience developed during a variety of senior roles in key negotiations and diplomatic events within the region.
During the Clinton Administration, Dr. Shirk served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the State Department Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs, with responsibility for the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mongolia.
In this role she planned and participated in meetings between the Chinese and American presidents and senior officials, and in negotiations on arms control, human rights and trade, including negotiations on China’s accession to the World Trade Organization.
Prior to her government service, she founded and continues to lead the Northeast Asia Cooperation Dialogue (NEACD), an unofficial “track-two” forum for discussions of security issues among defense and foreign ministry officials and academics from the United States, Japan, China, Russia, North Korea and South Korea. She has also visited North Korea three times.
Dr. Shirk is also currently director of the University of California system-wide Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and Ho Miu Lam Professor of China and Pacific Affairs in the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego.
She is also a member of the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations, and an emeritus member of the Aspen Strategy Group.
Previously she served as a member of the U.S. Defense Policy Board, the Board of Governors of the East-West Center (Hawaii), the Board of Trustees of the U.S.-Japan Foundation, the Board of Directors of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and as a fellow at the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society.
Dr. Shirk has published a number of papers on China and a book on the changing media landscape in China.
She earned her B.A. in Political Science from Mount Holyoke College, an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.