Paul Heer

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Lester Crown Center on US Foreign Policy

Areas of expertise: Lester Crown Center on US Foreign Policy, Policy & Politics


Dr. Paul Heer served for 30 years as a specialist on East Asian affairs in the US intelligence community. He served on the staff of the President's daily brief and as a member of the senior analytic service at the Central Intelligence Agency prior to becoming the national intelligence officer for East Asia, a position he held from 2007 to 2015. He was a Visiting Intelligence Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations during 1999-2000, and was elected a Life Member of CFR in 2001. He was the Robert E. Wilhelm Fellow at MIT’s Center for International Studies during 2015-2016, and later served as Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He is also a Distinguished Fellow at the Center for the National Interest.

Heer is a recipient of the CIA’s Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal and the DNI’s National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal.  He holds a bachelor of arts from Loras College, a master of arts in history from the University of Iowa, and a PhD in diplomatic history from The George Washington University. His book, Mr. X and the Pacific: George Kennan and American Policy in East Asia, was published in 2018.

In the News

The Inconvenient Truth about Taiwan’s Place in the World

The National Interest, September 27, 2020

Mike Pompeo Challenges China’s Governing Regime

The National Interest, July 27, 2020