Albert Willner is a principal research scientist, CNA China Studies Division, analyzing Asia-Pacific security issues of interest to the U.S. government. He serves concurrently as an adjunct associate professor at Georgetown University.

His analytic focus areas include China and Taiwan security policy, Asia-Pacific civil-military maritime issues, and U.S.-China defense relations. A retired U.S. Army colonel, from 2005-2007 he served as the U.S. Defense Attaché equivalent in Taiwan representing U.S. Department of Defense interests. As an Army aviator and China Foreign Area Officer, he served in multiple aviation command and staff positions, as an Asia-Pacific strategic planner, and as the Director, International Relations and National Security and professor in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point.

He is a graduate of the Chinese People's Liberation Army National Defense University's International Symposium Course in Beijing and the British Ministry of Defense Language School in Hong Kong, where he studied Mandarin. Dr. Willner holds a B.A. in Russian Studies and Political Science from James Madison University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia.

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