Paul Heer

China, East Asia

Paul Heer is a Distinguished Fellow at the Center for the National Interest.

Dr. Heer served for 30 years as an analyst in the U.S. government, having worked as an analytic manager and member of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Senior Analytic Service prior to becoming NIO for East Asia, a position he held from 2007 to 2015. He was a Visiting Intelligence Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations from 1999 to 2000, and was elected a Life Member of CFR in 2001. He was the Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow at MIT’s Center for International Studies during 2015-2016, and later served as Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

Dr. Heer is a recipient of the CIA’s Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal and the DNI’s National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Loras College, a Master of Arts in history from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in diplomatic history from The George Washington University. His book, Mr. X and the Pacific: George Kennan and American Policy in East Asia, was published in 2018.