Robert Sutter has been Professor of Practice of International Affairs at the Elliott School of George Washington University since 2011. He also served as Director of the School’s main undergraduate program, involving over 2,000 students, from 2013-2019. Before that, he taught full-time at Georgetown University for ten years; and he had regular part time teaching experience for thirty years with positions at George Washington, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins SAIS, the University of Virginia, and the University of Maryland.
Sutter’s publications include 22 books (four with multiple editions), over 300 articles, and several hundred government reports dealing with East Asian and Pacific countries and their relations with the United States. His most recent books are Chinese Foreign Relations: Power and Policy of an Emerging Global Force, Fifth Edition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021) and US-China Relations: Perilous Past, Uncertain Present, Fourth Edition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2022).
Sutter’s government career (1968-2001) saw service as senior specialist and director of the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Division of the Congressional Research Service, as National Intelligence Officer for East Asia and the Pacific at the U.S. Government’s National Intelligence Council, as the China division director at the Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and professional staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Dr. Sutter received his Ph.D. in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University.