Evan advises clients on China and the wider Asia region. He is vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he oversees research in Washington, Beijing and New Delhi. He was the 2019-2020 James R. Schlesinger Distinguished Professor at the Miller Center for Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.
He served at the US State Department as deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia, deputy assistant secretary of state for Central Asia and member of the policy planning staff with principal responsibility for East Asia and the Pacific. He was also an adviser on China to Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick, with whom he worked closely in the development of the US-China senior dialogue.
Evan holds a PhD in Chinese politics from Stanford University.
He is the author of three books and monographs, including The United States in the New Asia and China’s Techno-Warriors: National Security and Strategic Competition from the Nuclear to the Information Age, which was selected by Foreign Affairs as a best book of 2003 on the Asia-Pacific region, as well as numerous articles and essays.