Jonathan Cham

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Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


M.A. in international studies, Claremont Graduate University; B.A. in political science, University of Hawaii


Jonathan Cham is a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica. His areas of interest include international political economy (IPE), China’s belt and road initiative (BRI), defense security cooperation, and wargaming. Prior to joining RAND, Cham served as a Research Fellow for the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI-APCSS). His other positions have included Legislative Aide for the Hawaii Speaker of the House, Scott Saiki, and e-intern for the Beijing American Center.

Cham received his MA in International Studies from Claremont Graduate University and BA in Political Science from the University of Hawaii. He has co-authored two papers on the use of serious games in security practitioner training, as well as a conference paper that quantitatively analyzed the effects of Internet usage on economic freedom in autocratic states.