Stephanie T. Kleine-Ahlbrandt

China Adviser and North East Asia Project Director

International Crisis Group

Phone: +86 1368 101 3381

Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt is the China and North East Asia Project Director of the International Crisis Group (ICG) based in Beijing. Her areas of expertise include the international politics of East Asia, China's foreign policy, U.S.-China relations, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

From 2006–2007, she was an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to that she worked for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva where she was responsible for human rights and rule of law technical cooperation with the Government of the People's Republic of China; also serving as Officer-in-Charge of the Asia-Pacific region and Desk Officer for several African countries.

Previously, Ms. Kleine-Ahlbrandt investigated human rights violations and genocide for the United Nations in Rwanda (1994–1995) and monitored and reported on the human rights situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (1996).

She has also worked with the Legal Affairs Directorate of the Council of Europe. She received a B.A. from Indiana University, a certificate of political science from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Universite Robert Schuman, in Strasbourg, France, and a Master's Degree from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. She is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Focus: Democracy, Governance, Human Rights, Security, China, Africa, Asia

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Selected Publications:

"Despite Reports, China's North Korea Policy Stays the Same," Huffington Post, 21 January 2011.

"Forget About the Sham Burmese Elections: It's the growing risk of ethnic violence the world should worry about," Foreign Policy, 5 November 2010.

"Beijing wary of Myanmar elections," Global Post, 3 October 2010.

"Why China drags its feet on UN sanctions against Iran," Christian Science Monitor, 11 March 2010.

"Beijing, Global Free-Rider," Foreign Policy, 12 November 2009.

"China's New Dictatorship Diplomacy," Foreign Affairs, January/February 2008, Volume 87 No. 1, pp 38–56.

"Beijing cools on Mugabe," International Herald Tribune, 3 May 2007.

"China, the Unlikely Human Rights Champion," Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, Policy Innovations, 14 February 2007.

"China Jumps In," International Herald Tribune, 2 February 2007.

"From Principle to Practice: Operationalising the human rights-based approach to United Nations development cooperation and programming," in C. Raj Kumar & D.K. Srivastava, eds., Human Rights and Development: Law, Policy and Governance, LexisNexis Butterworths, 2006, pp. 327–370.

"The Commission on Human Rights and Nigeria: From Pariah to Progress?" in Mool Chand Sharma and Raju Ramachandran, eds., Constitutionalism, Human Rights and the Rule of Law: Essays in Honor of Soli J. Sorabjee, New Delhi, Universal Law Publishing, 2005, pp. 208–217.

"Learning Lessons from IDP Resettlement: Villagisation in Northwest Rwanda," Forced Migration Review, Oxford University Press, September 2004, pp. 23–25,

"The United Nations Decade for Human Rights Education: Role, Activities and Limitations of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights," in Julie Mertus and Jeff Helsing, eds., Human Rights and Conflict: New Actors, Strategies and Ethical Dilemmas, Washington, D.C., United States Institute of Peace, 2004.

The Protection Gap in the International Protection of Internally Displaced Persons: the Case of Rwanda (Second Ed.), Geneva, The Graduate Institute of International Studies, 2004, 259p. First edition published in 1996 (172 p.) and given the Arditi Award in International Relations

"The Kibeho Crisis: Towards a More Effective System of International Protection for Internally Displaced Persons," Forced Migration Review, Oxford University Press, August 1998, pp. 8–11.

"Skeptical Nigerians Hope for Democracy," Review of the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Spring 1999, No. 14, pp. 6–7.

Last Updated: Apr 20, 2011

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