Ali Wyne

Policy Analyst
Washington Office


SB in management science and political science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MPP, Harvard Kennedy School


Ali Wyne is a policy analyst in the RAND Corporation's Defense and Political Sciences Department. He serves as a nonresident fellow with the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, a security fellow with the Truman National Security Project, and a new leader with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

Wyne was a junior fellow with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's China Program from 2008 to 2009 and a research assistant at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs from 2009 to 2012. Wyne graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with dual degrees in Management Science and Political Science (2008), and received his Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School (2017), where he was a course assistant to Joseph Nye. While at the Kennedy School, he served on a Hillary for America working group on U.S. policy towards Asia.

Wyne is a coauthor of Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master's Insights on China, the United States, and the World (2013) and a contributing author to Power Relations in the Twenty-First Century: Mapping a Multipolar World? (2017) and the Routledge Handbook of Public Diplomacy (2008).

Wyne delivered the welcome address at the 2011 St. Gallen Symposium, participated in the 2015 Manfred Wörner Seminar, and was selected to attend the 2016 Young Strategists Forum. In 2012, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and the Diplomatic Courier selected him as one of the 99 most influential professionals in foreign policy under 33.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Nonresident Fellow, Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security

Recent Projects

  • Security 2040

Selected Publications

Ali Wyne, "Did the United States Really Win the Cold War?" National Interest, 2017

Ali Wyne, "Slow and Steady Wins the Race: Embracing Incrementalism in U.S. Foreign Policy," Strategy Bridge, 2017

Ali Wyne, "America isn't weaker than China and Russia - it's just held to a different standard," Vox, 2016

Ali Wyne, "Don't Conflate Greater Danger with Greater Complexity," New York Times, 2016

Ali Wyne, "Expect Some Change in China's Policy Towards North Korea, But Not a Lot," New York Times, 2016

Ali Wyne, "History Isn't a Playbook: Misguided Analogies and Great Power Competition," War on the Rocks, 2016

Ali Wyne, "The world is getting better. Why don't we believe it?" Washington Post, 2016

Graham Allison, Robert D. Blackwill, Ali Wyne, Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master's Insights on China, the United States, and the World, MIT Press, 2013

Honors & Awards

  • Security Fellow, Truman National Security Project
  • New Leader, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs


  • Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (center) is welcomed by European Council President Donald Tusk (left) and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at a European Union-Japan summit, Brussels, Belgium, July 6, 2017

    Economic Multilateralism and Regionalism

    The trend toward economic multilateralism and regionalism is accelerating. Japan finalized a free-trade agreement with the EU that will encompass some 600 million people and 30 percent of GWP. The U.S. has benefited from bilateral agreements, but would do well to revisit its posture toward multilateral and regional currents.

    Jan 5, 2018 The Diplomat

  • U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. first lady Melania visit the Forbidden City with China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China, November 8, 2017

    Sustaining America's Economic Strength in the Asia-Pacific: A Narrowing Window of Opportunity

    Ali Wyne urges President Trump to reassure U.S. allies that the United States has both the capacity and the willingness to maintain an enduring presence in the Asia-Pacific. That reassurance must be grounded in credible geo-economic pledges.

    Nov 8, 2017 Atlantic Council

  • Robots working with cardboard boxes on a conveyer belt

    AI's Promise and Risks

    Artificial intelligence seems to be advancing faster than efforts to understand its potential consequences, good and bad. And discussions about AI often veer toward extremes. More balanced, rigorous analysis is needed to help shape policies that mitigate AI's risks and maximize its benefits.

    Oct 24, 2017 TechCrunch

  • Connections drawn over a world map

    Book Review: 'The Chessboard and the Web,' by Anne-Marie Slaughter

    Few quests in international relations scholarship are as imperative and vexing as that of rethinking power — how it is defined, who wields which types, and what strategies different actors pursue to accumulate it. Slaughter's new book is a significant contribution to that end.

    Sep 22, 2017 New Republic

  • An exhibit on the Cuban Missile Crisis at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, December 18, 2014

    Greater Disorder Does Not Imply Greater Insecurity

    President Obama observed in June that the world is less violent than it has ever been. While his proposition may seem incongruous with the present crises across Eurasia, the evidence suggests that the world is indeed becoming more secure.

    Jan 7, 2015 The American Interest