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Scott D. McDonald

Non-resident Fellow, Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies; Visiting Fellow, Institute of International Relations, National Chengchi University; PhD Candidate, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

I served for over twenty years as a specialist on China within the United States Marine Corps. In this capacity, my job was to understand China as a culture, nation, and country so that I could provide insight and guidance to the generals, ambassadors, and policymakers for whom I worked. Early in this process I realized that those I was studying were approaching security policy from a different perspective and using a different lens to conceive, understand, and determine appropriate action in the world. I used this knowledge as an operational planner, diplomat, strategic analyst, and professor to help shape and execute US policy in the Indo-Pacific. Since retiring from the military, I have returned to academia to refine my theories and prepare for my next career as a professor and policy advocate.


  • –present
    PhD Candidate, The Fletcher School; Non-resident Fellow, Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Tufts University


  • 2001 
    The Naval Postgradaute School, MA / National Security Affairs
  • 1995 
    The George Washington University, BA / International Affairs