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Thomas Fingar

Thomas Fingar MA '69, PhD '77, is a Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. From 1975 to 1986 he held a number of positions at Stanford before being appointed chief of the U.S. State Department’s China Division. He began to study East Asia at Cornell in the mid-1960s and focused on it more intensively as director of the State Department’s Office of Analysis for East Asia and the Pacific from 1989 to 1994. He returned to Stanford in 2009 after a 23-year career in Washington that included serving as assistant secretary of state for intelligence and research and chairman of the National Intelligence Council and bearing responsibility for the president’s daily brief.

"We were so lucky to travel with Prof. Fingar. The depth of his knowledge and experience made his review of the history and geopolitics of the region made every one of his lectures a 'do not miss' event."

Ellen Macke, '72, Japan and China by Sea, 2016


  • Consulting Professor, Walter H. Shorenstein Asia Pacific Research Center, Stanford University
  • Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis and Chairman of the National Intelligence Council, 2005 to 2008
  • Assistant Secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, 2001 to 2003

  • Building a Community of Analysts Analyzing Intelligence: National Security Practitioners' Perspectives
  • China’s Vision of World Order Strategic Asia 2012-13: China’s Military Challenge
  • Ties that Bind: Strategic Stability in the US-China Relationship
  • Uneasy Partnerships: China’s Engagement with Japan, the Koreas, and Russia in the Era of Reform

  • Payne Distinguished Lecturer, Stanford University, 2009
Academic History:

  • BA, Government and History, 1968, Cornell University
  • MA, Political Science, 1969, Stanford University
  • PhD, Political Science, 1977, Stanford University

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