Dr. David Finkelstein is vice president and director of CNA China Studies, which focuses on U.S.-China relations, China's changing role in the world order, and emerging trends within China.
A long-time student of Chinese and Asian affairs, Finkelstein is widely published. He is co-editor of Civil-Military Relations in Today's China: Swimming in a New Sea (M.E. Sharpe, June 2006), China's Revolution in Doctrinal Affairs: Recent Trends in the Operational Art of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (CNA, 2005), Chinese Warfighting: The PLA Experience Since 1949 (M.E. Sharpe, 2003), and China's Leadership in the 21st Century: The Rise of the Fourth Generation (M.E. Sharpe, 2002).
A retired U.S. Army officer, Finkelstein is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College. He has held command and staff positions at the platoon, company, battalion, and Major Army Command levels. He also held significant China-related positions at the Pentagon as an advisor to the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff. He has served on the faculty at West Point, where he taught Chinese history.
Finkelstein received his Ph.D. in Chinese history from Princeton University and studied Mandarin at Nankai University in Tianjin, China.