Asia Policy Chair
Center for Asia Pacific Policy (CAPP)
Dr. Overholt has been a special adviser to SKAS for
several years. In 2000, he
contributed an article to the Korean American Forum,
Pain Now for Better Korea Tomorrow," KAF 2000.
Dr. Overholt's Biosketch
William H. Overholt holds the Asia Policy Chair
at RAND’s California headquarters.
Previously Dr. Overholt was Joint Senior Fellow at Harvard
University, and he remains an Associate in
Research with Harvard’s Asia Center. He will
also be Distinguished Visiting Professor at Yonsei
University in South Korea for part of 2003/4.
Before that, he spent 21 years in bank research, including
16 in Hong Kong. He served as Head of Strategy
and Economics at Nomura’s regional headquarters in
Hong Kong from 1998 to 2001, and as Managing Director
and Head of Research at Bank Boston's
regional headquarters in Singapore. During 18
years at Bankers Trust, he ran a country risk team in
New York from 1980 to 1984, then was regional strategist
and Asia research head based in Hong Kong.
At Hudson Institute 1971 to 1979, Dr. Overholt directed
planning studies for the U.S. Department of
Defense, Department of State, National Security Council,
National Aeronautics and Space Administration,
and Council on International Economic Policy. As
Director of Hudson Research Services, he did strategic
planning for corporations.
Dr. Overholt is the author of five books, including The Rise
of China (W.W. Norton, 1993), which won the
Mainichi News/Asian Affairs Research Center Special Book Prize.
The others are: Political Risk
(Euromoney, 1982); and (with William Ascher) Strategic Planning
and Forecasting (John Wiley, 1983).
He is principal co-author of: Asia's Nuclear Future (Westview
Press, 1976) and The Future of Brazil
(Westview Press, 1978). With Zbigniew Brzezinski, he founded
the semi-annual Global Assessment in 1976
and edited it until 1988.
Dr. Overholt was a Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce
in Hong Kong and Executive
Committee member of the Business and Professionals Federation
of Hong Kong, both for six years. He
serves on advisory boards for Harvard University’s Asia Center;
the Hang Lung Center for Organizational
Research at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology;
and Chinavest Ltd.
He has been a consultant on strategic planning and foreign
affairs to the Conference Board, the U.S. Army
Strategic Studies Institute, the Foreign Service Institute,
Dean Witter Reynolds, A.G. Becker, and
numerous corporations. He has served as political advisor
to several of Asia's major political figures and
has done consulting projects for the Korea Development Institute,
Korea's National Defense College, the
Philippine Ministry of Agrarian Reform, and Thailand's Ministry
Dr. Overholt received his B.A. (magna, 1968) from Harvard and
his Master of Philosophy (1970) and
Ph.D. (1972) from Yale.
SURVIVAL, Vol. 44, No. 1, Spring 2002, pp. 97-114, published
by Oxford University Press quarterly
for the International Institute for Strategic Studies.