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 Times, Le Monde, El Pais, International Herald Tribune, European Voice, Frankfurter Rundschau, Foreign Policy, EUobserver, Asia 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.