Isaac Stone Fish

Stone Fish is a senior fellow at the Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations in New York City; he is also an on-air contributor to CBSN, a visiting fellow at the German Marshall Fund, and an international affairs analyst for PRI’s The World. Previously he served as Foreign Policy Magazine’s Asia Editor: he managed coverage of the region, and wrote about the politics, economics, and international affairs of China, Japan, and the Koreas. Formerly a Beijing correspondent for Newsweek, Stone Fish spent seven years living in China prior to joining Foreign Policy. He has traveled widely in the region and in the country, visiting every Chinese province, autonomous region, and municipality.

Stone Fish frequently presents on and moderates panels on subjects including U.S. policy towards Asia, Chinese economic reform, China’s political economy, the relations among China, North Korea, and the U.S., among others, at events around the world. Besides publishing in Foreign Policy, Stone Fish’s articles have also appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Slate, Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, Politico Magazine, The Daily Beast, Time, and the Los Angeles Times.

His views on international affairs have been widely quoted, including in MSNBC, ABC, NPR, CBS, CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, Slate, The Guardian, the BBC, Talking Points Memo, and Al Jazeera, among others; and in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese media.

Stone Fish is a graduate of Columbia University, where he studied Chinese literature. He is also a Truman National Security Project fellow, a non-resident senior fellow at the University of Nottingham’s China Policy Institute, and an alumni of the World Economic Forum Global Shaper’s program.


  • Chinese Foreign Policy in the Xi Era, and American Foreign Policy in the Trump Era
  • How American and Chinese Stakeholders View the Trade War
  • Geopolitical Risk in Northeast Asia
  • Friends Without Benefits: China’s Relationship with North Korea
  • How the Trump Administration Sees Asia


“Isaac Stone Fish effectively engages our audiences at the Korea Society, while providing fresh, knowledgeable insights beyond the boundaries of conventional wisdom.”  Tom Byrne, President, the Korea Society; Adjunct Professor at Columbia University and Georgetown University.

“Isaac was a particularly engaging speaker in my Kellogg MBA class. He has that rare ability to simplify complex issues without dumbing it down, which proved tremendously helpful for thinking about and understanding the US-China relationship.” Damien Ma, Associate director of the Paulson Institute, Adjunct Lecturer of Global Initiatives in Management, Northwestern’s Kellogg School

Andy Xie 謝國忠

Renowned Chinese Economist

Ann Lee

What the U.S. Can Learn from China

George Yip

Global Strategy and China Innovation