Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. is a senior fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense, ambassador to Saudi Arabia (during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm), acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, and Chargé d'affaires at both Bangkok and Beijing. He began his diplomatic career in India but specialized in Chinese affairs. (He was the principal American interpreter during President Nixon's visit to Beijing in 1972.)
Ambassador Freeman is a much sought-after public speaker (see http://chasfreeman.net) and the author of several well-received books on statecraft and diplomacy. His most recent book, America's Continuing Misadventures in the Middle East was published in May 2016. Interesting Times: China, America, and the Shifting Balance of Prestige, appeared in March 2013. America’s Misadventures in the Middle East came out in 2010, as did the most recent revision of The Diplomat’s Dictionary, the companion volume to Arts of Power: Statecraft and Diplomacy. He was the editor of the Encyclopedia Britannica entry on "diplomacy."
Chas Freeman studied at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and in Taiwan, and earned an AB magna cum laude from Yale University as well as a JD from the Harvard Law School. He chairs Projects International, Inc., a Washington-based firm that for more than three decades has helped its American and foreign clients create ventures across borders, facilitating their establishment of new businesses through the design, negotiation, capitalization, and implementation of greenfield investments, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, franchises, one-off transactions, sales and agencies in other countries.
Talks & Media
February 5, 2019:
Tales of American Diplomacy - Chas Freeman: Interpreting Nixon
February 18, 2016:
Recovering Diplomatic Agility - Part 3
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February 11, 2016:
The United States in the New World Disorder - Part 2
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February 4, 2016:
The Crumbling of the Pax Americana - Part 1
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August 19, 2019: The 1981-82 Sino-American Taiwan Arms Sales Negotiations - Remarks to a “Master Class in Diplomacy” of the Center for the Study of the Conduct of Diplomacy
June 13, 2019: The Sino-American Split and its Consequences - The Foreign Policy Association’s Centennial Lecture Series
May 3, 2019: On Hostile Coexistence with China - Remarks to the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies China Program
April 16, 2019: The American Warfare State and its Costs: Introduction of the Speakers to a Committee for the Republic Salon
April 5, 2019: The State of Sino-American Relations and their Global Context: Remarks to the Brown China Summit
March 11, 2019: Order in Turmoil: Making Sense of Kaleidoscopic Change in the Middle East: Remarks to the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs and the Harvard Middle East Seminar
February 12, 2019: After the Trade War, a Real War with China? Remarks to the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs
January 18, 2019: Are the United States and China Headed for War? Remarks to a January 2019 Conference at the Carter Center
January 17, 2019: Sino-American Interactions, Past and Future: A Paper Prepared for a January 2019 Conference at the Carter Center Atlanta, Georgia
December 18, 2018: The Ironies of a Successful U.S. China Policy: Remarks to the National Committee for U.S.-China Relations
December 11, 2018: China and America in the New World Disorder Remarks to a Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Seminar on Forty Years of Sino-American Relations
November 29, 2018: China in the Post-American World: Remarks to Le Cercle
November 13 & 14, 2018: A New Era in US-China Relations - Remarks to the Watson Institute, Brown University, and the Fairbank Center, Harvard University
November 8, 2018: The North Korean Nuclear Crisis Remarks to a panel led by Lyle Goldstein at the Harvard Club of Rhode Island
November 2, 2018: The Middle East after Khashoggi: Remarks at the Center for the National Interest
October 6, 2018: The Mess in U.S.-China Relations: Remarks to the New England Chinese Language Teachers Association
May 15, 2018: In the Time of Trump: Public Turbulence and Private Capital: Remarks to the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association
May 10, 2018: A Middle East with No Master: Remarks to the Middle East Project
May 5, 2018: On the Souring of Sino-American: Relations Remarks to the Committee of 100
April 16, 2018: Diplomacy as Risk Management: Remarks to the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs
April 5, 2018: Diplomacy as Tactics: Remarks to the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs
May 1, 2018: Fifteen Years of Forever Wars: Remarks to a Meeting of the Center for the Study of Statesmanship
March 19, 2018: Diplomacy as Strategy: Remarks to the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs
February 18, 2018: This Too Shall Pass - Remarks to the Camden Conference on The New World Disorder and America’s Future
February 8, 2018: The United States and China: Game of Superpowers
February, 2018: Diplomacy: A Rusting Tool of American Statecraft
December 11, 2017: The Middle East in the New World Disorder
November 15, 2017: The Allison Rap on Thucydides' Trap
November 14, 2017: The Troubled Sino-American Politico-Economic Relationship in Historical Perspective
October 28, 2017: Technology, Statecraft, and Unrestricted Warefare
July 27, 2017: East Asia and the Pacific in the New World Disorder - Remarks to the 2017 Summer Roundtable of the Pacific Pension & Investment Institute
May 1, 2017: Thinking about War with China - Remarks at a discussion of “Avoiding War with China”
April 26th, 2017: Greater Israel and the Prospects for Peace in the Middle East - Remarks to a panel of the Middle East Policy Council
April 6th, 2017: Reimagining the Middle East - Reimagining the International Environment: Part III
March 23rd, 2017: Reimagining China and Asia - Reimagining the International Environment: Part II
March 9th, 2017: Reimagining Great Power Relations - Reimagining the International Environment: Part 1
February 22nd, 2017: Taiwan: Into the Endgame? Remarks prepared for a Roundtable on China-Taiwan Relations in the Tsai Ing-wen Era
February 8th, 2017: The Geoeconomic Implications of China’s Belt and Road Initiative - Remarks to a Conference of the University of San Francisco’s China Business Studies Initiative
February 1, 2017: Entropy in Geopolitics - Remarks prepared for a discussion at Energía México 2017
January 5, 2017: No More Presidential Wars - Remarks to the Committee for the Republic
December 7, 2016: Address to the McLean Foreign Policy Group on “Ebb in Deference to American Global Leadership”
November 14, 2016: Comments on Taiwan's Identity - Remarks to a Conference on "Transpacific Taiwan"
October 25, 2016: Visions of the World and the U.S. Role in It - Remarks to the Myra Kraft Open Classroom at Northeastern University
October 19, 2016: Discussion of the Changing Global and Regional Environment: Oil and Money Conference, London
October 13, 2016: The Middle East and the Next Administration - Remarks Prepared for a Middle East Policy Council Capitol Hill Conference
October 12, 2016: The Domestic Consequences of America’s Many Wars in the Middle East - Remarks to a Salon of the Committee for the Republic
June 9, 2016: U.S. Policy and the Geopolitical Dynamics of the Middle East - Remarks to the Center for the National Interest
September 15, 2016: Turkey in the New Geopolitical Context
May 18, 2016: Advancing American Security: the Future of U.S. Foreign Policy - sponsored by the Charles Koch Institute
May 12, 2016: America’s Continuing Misadventures in the Middle East - A Book Talk at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
May 4, 2016: One China, Two Freemans Remarks at the Center for China - US Cooperation, University of Denver
April 23, 2016: China’s Current Problems and Prospects - Remarks to a panel at Brown University’s “China Summit”
August 5, 2019
Senior Fellow Chas Freeman provided commentary on Steve Bannon's reforming of the Committee on the Present Danger (CPD) that named China an existential threat to American citizens. "The assault on China rests upon the assumption that everyone else has to be governed in the same way we are."
May 17, 2019
Senior Fellow Chas Freeman comments on the rising tensions between the United States and Iran, saying a conflict "is unlikely to be launched by President Trump, despite his habit of posturing as a tough guy."
May 13, 2019
Stanford University's Shorenstein APARC podcast
Senior Fellow Chas Freeman joined Stanford University's Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center's podcast to discuss the ongoig U.S.-China trade negotiations.
April 17, 2019
Senior Fellow Chas Freeman sat down with America Magazine to discuss the provisional Vatican-Beijing agreement and Pope Francis' engagement with moderate Islamic leaders. "Francis is pursuing a strategy of creative outreach across cultural differences typical of the Jesuits, fortunately. We need to have peace between religious entities. The consequences of allowing hatred to prevail are ruinous."
February 13, 2019
Senior Fellows Chas Freeman and Stephen Kinzer comment on the Committee for the Republic. Kinzer says "I am hoping, that the committee will help force debate over our foreign wars onto the agenda of the 2020 presidential campaign."
February 6, 2019
The Washington Post
This column spotlights Senior Fellow Chas Freeman's commentary on current U.S.-China relations. "Every governor in the country is trying to go over there and sell things or attract Chinese investment...Washington is trying to stop the Chinese investment."
November 9, 2018
Chas Freeman, Senior Fellow and former ambassador to Saudi Arabia, joins Monocle's The Foreign Desk to discuss the dozens of vacant ambassadorships under the Trump administration.