James Shinn is Lecturer at Princeton University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. From 2007-2008 he served as Assistant Secretary for Asia in the U.S. Department of Defense, where his area of responsibility ranged from Herat to Honolulu. Before the Pentagon he was the National Intelligence Officer for Asia, at the Central Intelligence Agency and then for the Director of National Intelligence, from 2003-2006.
Recent publications include “Trading Political Bets” in Institutional Investor (March 2011), “Future Shocks” in Institutional Investor (June 2011), and "Afghan Peace Talks: A Primer" (RAND, August 2011) with James Dobbins. He has a BA from Princeton, MBA from Harvard, and PhD from Princeton.