Dr Charles Edel

Senior Fellow, United States Studies Centre

Charles Edel is a senior fellow at the United States Studies Centre. Previously, he was associate professor of strategy and policy at the US Naval War College, and served on the US Secretary of State's policy planning staff from 2015 to 2017. In that role, he advised Secretary of State John Kerry on political and security issues in the Asia Pacific region.

Edel worked at Peking University's Center for International and Strategic Studies as a Henry Luce Scholar and was also awarded the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship. He is the author of Nation Builder: John Quincy Adams and the Grand Strategy of the Republic. In addition to his scholarly publications, his writings have appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The American Interest, and various other outlets.

Edel holds a PhD in history from Yale University, and received a BA in classics from Yale College. During his time at the USSC, Edel will focus on American foreign policy, strategic issues, and security issues in the Asia Pacific region.

Charles is teaching the following units in academic year 2019:

  • USSC6903 US Foreign and National Security Policy

Areas of expertise

  • US-Asia relations
  • US politics and elections
  • US foreign policy, defence and strategy