Peter Mattis joins NDI from the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) where he served as the Senate-appointed staff director and was part of the legislative team that passed landmark human rights legislation during the 116th Congress related to the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Peter previously worked as a fellow at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and The Jamestown Foundation, where he also edited the China Brief, a biweekly electronic newsletter on China-related political, foreign policy, and military developments. He began his career as a China specialist in the U.S. Government and The National Bureau of Asian Research.
Peter has written and spoken widely about the Chinese Communist Party and PRC politics, foreign policy, internal security, intelligence, and political influence activities. He is the author of Analyzing the Chinese Military: A Review Essay and Resource Guide on the People’s Liberation Army (2015) and co-author of Chinese Communist Espionage: An Intelligence Primer (Naval Institute Press, 2019) for which he received the Naval Institute Press’ (Co-)Author of the Year award. He received his M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Washington in Political Science and Asian Studies.