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Jonathan D.T. Ward

Jonathan D.T.


Atlas Organization

Twitter: @jonathandtward

Jonathan Ward has been studying Russia, China, and India for nearly twenty years since his undergraduate days in Russian and Chinese language at Columbia University. His new book, The Decisive Decade: American Grand Strategy for Triumph Over China, will be released in 2023, with a focus on revitalizing U.S. and Allied economic power, the role of major corporations and financial institutions in U.S. national security, and the return to peace through strength. Dr. Ward is also the author of China’s Vision of Victory, a guide to the global grand strategy of the Chinese government which has been widely read in U.S. government and national security circles, as well as by numerous audiences in business and finance. The Financial Times called China’s Vision of Victory “one of the first books to make the explicit argument for containment of China by the west” and the National Interest described it as “primed to serve as a defining pocket guide for
Washington’s new cold warriors in the years to come.” His work on China was publicly commended at the White House during the signing ceremony of the U.S.-China Phase One Trade Deal.

Dr. Ward earned his PhD at the University of Oxford where he specialized in China-India relations, utilizing Chinese language archives in Beijing which have now been closed to the world. He is also a graduate of the Oxford Chicago Valuation Programme, a joint program in corporate finance and valuation taught by the University of Oxford’s Said Business School and the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Dr. Ward lived and traveled globally for over a decade and has traveled widely in China, India, Russia, Latin America and the Middle East, learning Russian, Chinese, Spanish, and Syrian and Egyptian Arabic, among other languages. As a subject matter expert, he has been an advisor to the U.S. Department of Defense on Chinese long-term strategy and has briefed U.S. government audiences including at U.S. Strategic Command, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Strategy Division of the U.S. Naval Staff. Through his consulting company, Atlas Organization, Dr. Ward helps Fortune 500 companies and financial institutions understand U.S.-China global competition, improve their risk assessments on China, and build new global strategies that can withstand historic geopolitical change. He is a frequent commentator on national and international television and radio including on Bloomberg, Fox Business, Fox, CNBC, MSNBC and CNN International.

Recent Events and Presentations

April 27, 2023

Reviving America’s Hamiltonian Tradition to Win the Economic Competition With China

Please join ITIF for an all-day conference with leading experts and policymakers to explore why and how Washington can look to Hamiltonianism for guidance in how to win the techno-economic contest with China.

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