Mercy Kuo is an advisory board member of CHINADebate and was formerly managing director at the Committee of 100. Dr. Kuo was previously director of the Southeast Asia Studies and Strategic Asia Programs at the National Bureau of Asian Research. She served as an analyst of Northeast and Southeast Asian affairs at the Central Intelligence Agency (2000-2006) and was an affiliate researcher with the Institute of Political Studies at the Polish Academy of Sciences (1997-1999) and lecturer at the University of Warsaw in Poland (1994-1995). Dr. Kuo’s select Asia policy publications include “China’s Strategic Orientation: Assessing Alternative Futures,” China in the 21st Century: History, Security and International Relations, Vol. 3 (Praeger 2014), Strategic Asia 2008-09: Challenges and Choices—What the New President Should Know (NBR 2008) and “Defence Policymaking in Strategic Asia,” Handbook of Defence Politics (Routledge 2008), and Contending with Contradictions: China’s Policy toward Soviet Eastern Europe and the Origins of the Sino-Soviet Split, 1953-1960 (Lexington Books 2001). She holds degrees from Oxford University (Ph.D.), University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (M.A.) and Pomona College (B.A) and is proficient in Chinese, Polish and Italian.