Stephanie Kleine-AhlbrandtStephanie T. Kleine-Ahlbrandt joined the International Crisis Group (ICG) in October 2007 as North East Asia Project Director and China Adviser based in Beijing where she supervises the work of a small team of analysts responsible for research and analysis on the role of China in conflict areas around the world. From 2006-2007, Ms. Kleine-Ahlbrandt was an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Prior to that she worked for the United Nations for a decade during which she was responsible for cooperation with the People's Republic of China; served as Officer-in-Charge of the Asia-Pacific region; and as Desk Officer in the Africa Division. Previously, Ms. Kleine-Ahlbrandt was seconded by the U.S. Department of State to the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina (1996) and investigated genocide and other human rights violations for the United Nations in Rwanda (1994-1995). She holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland and speaks Mandarin and French. She is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
In recent months, China has affected a sterner disposition toward North Korea, reflecting growing frustration with its errant neighbor. But despite Chinese President Xi Jinping’s stronger rhetoric on denuclearization during his summit discussions with US President Barack Obama at Sunnylands, Beijing’s policy is still based upon the strategic [...]
North Korea’s economic dependence on China may have reached an all-time high, but Kim Jong Un is determined to set a course for greater political independence from Beijing. This has left China in a state that one insider has referred to as ‘desperate’ over its rocky relations with the country since Kim Jong Un came to power. But given that [...]