William H Overholt

William H Overholt

Asia Global Institute

William H Overholt is a fellow of Asia Global Institute and has been a senior research fellow at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government since 2008. From 2013-2015, he was also senior fellow and then president of the Fung Global Institute in Hong Kong, which became the Asia Global Institute in July 2015. From 2002-2008 he was distinguished chair and director of the RAND Corporation's Center for Asia Pacific Policy. He served as Asia regional head of strategy and economics for Nomura from 1998 to 2001. Before that, he was managing director and regional head of research at Bank Boston Singapore. During 18 years at Bankers Trust, he managed a country risk team in New York from 1980 to 1984 and then served as regional strategist in Hong Kong. At the Hudson Institute from 1971-1979, he directed studies for the US Department of State, the National Security Council, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Council on International Economic Policy. Dr Overholt is author or principal co-author of nine books including North Korea: Peace? Nuclear War? (2019), China’s Crisis of Success (2018), Renminbi Rising: The Emergence of a New Global Monetary System (2015), Asia, America and the Transformation of Geopolitics (2008), The Rise of China (1993), Political Risk (1982), and (with William Ascher) Strategic Planning and Forecasting (1983). He is principal co-author of Asia's Nuclear Future (1976) and The Future of Brazil (1978). With Zbigniew Brzezinski, he founded the semi-annual Global Assessment in 1976 and edited it until 1988. Dr Overholt received his BA from Harvard and his PhD from Yale.

Articles by William H Overholt


Balancing Interests and Threats: Challenges for Korea’s Next President

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Asia Global Institute Fellow William H Overholt examines the geopolitics of Korea, focusing on its efforts to balance relations with China with its dependence on the US.