Jacob Stokes is a Fellow in the Indo-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, where his work focuses on U.S.-China relations, Chinese foreign policy, and Asian security affairs. He previously served in the White House on the national security staff of then Vice President Joseph R. Biden, where Stokes was Senior Advisor to the National Security Advisor as well as Acting Special Advisor to the Vice President for Asia policy. He has also worked in the U.S. Congress as a professional staff member for the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, and as foreign and defense policy advisor for Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).
Outside of government, Stokes has been an analyst in the China program at the U.S. Institute of Peace and with the National Security Network. His writing has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Lawfare, Politico Magazine, War on the Rocks, Democracy, The Washington Quarterly, and The Guardian, and his analysis has been featured in TIME, USA Today, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Vox, and Bloomberg. Stokes is a Fellow with the Truman National Security Project and former co-leader of its Asia Expert Group. He holds a Master of Arts degree from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and undergraduate degrees from the University of Missouri.