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Jonas Parello-Plesner

Senior Fellow

Jonas Parello-Plesner is a Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute, where he focuses on Middle East politics and the stabilization and reconstruction of Iraq and Syria.

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.  He served as 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 PolicyEUobserver, Asia Times, and East Asia Forum, and he has made on-screen appearances on CNN, Bloomberg, FRANCE 24, 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.

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