Amb. J. Stapleton Roy

Director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the US

Dealing with a Rising China

About the Speaker

Ambassador J. Stapleton Roy is Director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. He retired from the Foreign Service in January 2001 after a career spanning 45 years with the U.S. Department of State.

A fluent Chinese speaker, Mr. Roy spent much of his Foreign Service career in East Asia, where his assignments included Bangkok (twice), Hong Kong, Taipei, Beijing (twice), Singapore, and Jakarta. He also specialized in Soviet affairs and served in Moscow at the height of the Cold War. Before taking up Russian studies, he was one of the first two Foreign Service Officers to study Mongolian. Mr. Roy rose to become a three-time ambassador, serving as the top U.S. envoy in Singapore (1984-86), the People’s Republic of China (1991-95), and Indonesia (1996-99). In 1996, he was promoted to the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the Foreign Service. Ambassador Roy’s final post with the State Department was as Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research.

Following his retirement from the State Department in January 2001, Ambassador Roy joined Kissinger Associates, Inc., a strategic consulting firm, where he served as Managing Director and later as Vice Chairman. He joined the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in September 2008 to head the newly created Kissinger Institute but continues as a Senior Adviser to Kissinger Associates. In 2001 he received Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson Award for Distinguished Public Service.

Ambassador Roy is an advisory director of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold. He retired from the ConocoPhillips board in 2008. He is Chairman of the United States Asia Pacific Council, a Vice Chairman of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, a Trustee Emeritus of The Asia Foundation, a Trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and serves on the boards of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy of Georgetown University, the American Academy of Diplomacy, and the U.S.-China Policy Foundation. He is a Distinguished Senior Adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC and a Distinguished Graduate and Member of the Hall of Fame of the National War College.

His publications include "Political and Economic Prospects for East Asia in the 1990s and Beyond," The Pacific in the 1990s: Economic and Strategic Change, Janos Radvanyi Editor, University Press of America, 1990; "Deng's Reform Movement and the West: An American Perspective," China in the Era of Deng Xiaoping: A Decade of Reform, Michael Yingmao Kau and Susan H. Marsh Editors, M. E. Sharpe, 1993; "Letter from Jakarta," SAIS Review: A Journal of International Affairs, Summer/Fall 1997 issue (Volume XVII, Number Two); “The Internal Logic of China’s Political Development,” The Globalist, June 3, 2011; Review of Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China, by Ezra Vogel, The Wilson Quarterly (Autumn 2011).

Ambassador Roy was born in Nanjing, China of American missionary parents. In 1956, he graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, where he majored in history and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.