I’m Graham Webster. Based in New Haven, Connecticut, I am currently a senior research scholar, lecturer, and senior fellow of The China Center at Yale Law School researching U.S.–China relations and foreign policy with a special focus on cybersecurity, Asia-Pacific security, and the triangular relationship among the United States, China, and Japan. I am also a writer, an independent consultant, and an adjunct instructor of East Asian politics at the New York University Center for Global Affairs. I did my undergraduate work in journalism and international studies at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a master’s in East Asian studies at Harvard University.
I was born in Wisconsin and raised in Boulder, Colorado. I have lived, worked, or studied in Chicago, Tokyo, New York (twice), Washington, Beijing (twice), Boston, Seattle, and now New Haven.
In my work at Yale, where I manage high-level confidential dialogues between former U.S. and Chinese officials, I work to develop solutions and recommendations in U.S.–China foreign policy and U.S. policy toward the Asia-Pacific region. I also research Chinese politics, Sino-Japanese relations, and Chinese experiences with the Internet. Over the years, my work has centered on themes of information in politics, ideas about national identity and sovereignty, and the role of technology in social transformations. I am also a Yale Affiliated Fellow at Yale ISP, the Information Society Project at Yale Law School.
As a consultant and nonprofit staffer, I have produced custom research reports on U.S.–East Asia policy issues for nonprofit and business clients, and I have worked to improve the online and offline communications for the National Bureau of Asian Research, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Natural Resources Defense Council China Program, and the EastWest Institute.
As a journalist and writer, I wrote a blog on China and technology at CNET from 2007 to 2008 and have contributed to, among others, The Boston Globe, Fortune, Al Jazeera English, The Diplomat, the San Jose Mercury News, Talking Points Memo, Editor & Publisher, Art Asia Pacific, Change.org, and Motherboard. You can find a selection of recent writings here.
Journalists quote me from time to time, and my comments have appeared in reports or as a guest with BBC News, Al Jazeera America, Agence France-Presse (AFP), the South China Morning Post, Bloomberg News, Stars and Stripes, Kyodo News, McClatchy Newspapers, and others. (Reporters: I monitor my e-mail closely but do not publish a phone number at this time.)
My name in Chinese is 魏光明. In Japanese I am グレアム・ウェブスター. Contact me.