Robert Sutter

photo: Robert Sutter
Professor of Practice of International Affairs; Director, B.A. Program in International Affairs
Room 503K Elliott School of International Affairs
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

U.S.-China relations; China’s rise-domestic and international implications; Chinese foreign relations; Contemporary U.S. policy toward Asia and the Pacific; Political, security and economic development in Asia and the Pacific; History of China; History of Japan; Taiwan – internal and international affairs. US foreign policymaking and the role of Congress.

Robert Sutter is Professor of Practice of International Affairs at the Elliott School of George Washington University beginning in 2011. He also serves as the school's Director, Program of Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs.

A Ph.D. graduate in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University, Sutter taught full time for ten years at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and part-time for thirty years at Georgetown, George Washington, Johns Hopkins Universities, or the University of Virginia. He has published 21 books, over 200 articles and several hundred government reports dealing with contemporary East Asian and Pacific countries and their relations with the United States. His most recent books are: Foreign Relations of the PRC: The Legacies and Constraints of China's International Politics since 1949 (Rowman & Littlefield 2018); US-China Relations: Perilous Past, Uncertain Present (Rowman & Littlefield 2018); Chinese Foreign Relations: Power and Policy Since the Cold War (Rowman & Littlefield 2016); The United States and Asia; Regional Dynamics and 21st Century Relations (Rowman & Littlefield 2015).

Sutter's government career (1968-2001) focused on Asian and Pacific affairs and US foreign policy. He was the Director of the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Division of the Congressional Research Service, the National Intelligence Officer for East Asia at the US National Intelligence Council, 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.


Ph.D., Harvard University

Classes Taught

Regular offerings

IAFF 2091 East Asia: Past and Present

IAFF 2190W The United States and Asia: Critical Issues

IAFF 3182 China's Rise and Implications

IAFF 3186 US-China Relations

IAFF 6302 Taiwan: Internal Developments and Foreign Policy

Occasional offerings

IAFF 2190W Congress and U.S. Foreign Policy

PSC 2475 International Relations of East Asia

PSC 6346 U.S. Foreign Policy Makings: Process and Issues

PSC 6372 Foreign Policy of China

PSC 6467 Asian Security

PSC 6475 International Politics – East Asia