Stephanie T. Kleine-Ahlbrandt is a Nonresident Fellow with the 38 North program at the Henry L. Stimson Center. She has more than 25 years of UN, think tank, international organizations and government experience in national security, policy analysis, conﬂict prevention and resolution, human rights protection, crisis management and peace-building with a focus on Asia, and in particular Northeast Asia. Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt served from 2014-2019 as the Finance and Economics Expert on the DPRK Panel of Experts at the United Nations Security Council. Prior to that, she was Asia-Pacific Director for the US Institute of Peace where she designed and implemented projects aimed at the prevention and management of deadly conflict through engagement with key governments and institutions, academics and representatives of civil society.
From 2008–2013, she directed the Northeast Asia office of the International Crisis Group in Beijing, China, engaging in research, analysis and policy prescriptions. She was also an International Affairs Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously she worked for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for a decade during which time she served as officer-in-charge of the Asia-Pacific region. Previously, Kleine-Ahlbrandt was seconded by the U.S. Department of State to the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, investigated genocide and other human rights violations for the United Nations in Rwanda (1994–1995), and worked with the Legal Affairs Directorate of the Council of Europe. She has a Master’s degree in international relations from the Institut de Hautes Études Internationales (HEI) in Geneva, Switzerland; Certificates from the Institut d’études Politiques (IEP) in France and Tsinghua University in China; and a BA in political science and French from Indiana University. Her writings have been published in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Le Monde, Die Zeit, and the International Herald Tribune, as well as in various edited volumes and a monograph. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and fluent in French and Mandarin.