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Jonas Parello-Plesner

Senior Fellow

Jonas Parello-Plesner is a Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute, where he leads a project on Middle East politics and the stabilization and reconstruction of Iraq and Syria financed by a grant by the Danish government (DANIDA).

Before joining Hudson, Parello-Plesner was responsible for the Embassy of Denmark’s department of security and foreign policy in Washington, where he helped devise policies related to coalition efforts against ISIS. He has long-standing experience in the Danish Foreign Service, and served in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs while studying at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in Paris.

Parello-Plesner has also worked at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) as a Senior Policy Fellow with a focus on European-Chinese relations.  He served as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark’s Senior Advisor on China and North East Asia from 2005-2009 and has provided testimony on Chinese investments in Europe to the U.S. Congress and European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs and International Trade Committees. His co-authored book, China’s Strong Arm: Protecting Citizens and Assets Abroad, was published in 2015 by IISS/Routledge and launched at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.

He has published widely on geopolitics, China and European affairs. He has written op-eds for or has been quoted in Financial TimesLe MondeEl PaisInternational Herald TribuneEuropean VoiceFrankfurter RundschauForeign PolicyEUobserverAsia Times, and East Asia Forum, and he has made on-screen appearances on Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, FRANCE24, Channel 4, and Danish Broadcast. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics, Copenhagen University, and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in Paris.

Featured Research

The Chinese Communist Party’s Foreign Interference Operations: How the U.S. and Other Democracies Should Respond

Jonas Parello-​Plesner

Russia’s interference and election meddling dominate the headlines and Washington’s attention...

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Chinese Influence Operations in the Democratic World June 20 Event

Syria: Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? May 8 Event

POSTPONED: Reconstructing Iraq: Ideas from Civil Society and the Private Sector

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Media Coverage

Jonas Parello-Plesner quoted by Euronews on joined Russian-Chinese military exercises

Jonas Parello-Plesner quoted by Yahoo on U.S. warnings to Russia over Syria

Jonas Parello-Plesner quoted in The China File as part of a conversation titled “Can China Replace the U.S. in Europe?”

Jonas Parello-Plesner quoted by AFP on France and the South China Sea

Jonas Parello-Plesner quoted by Fox News on recent developments in the South China Sea

Jonas Parello-Plesner featured in Carnegie Europe‘s “Judy Asks” item on social media and law

Jonas Parello-Plesner featured in Carnegie Europe‘s “Judy Asks” item on a possible Trade War with Europe