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Kevin Sheives
U.S. Department of State, China Desk


Kevin entered the Department of State March 2006, beginning as a regional affairs advisor and the lead officer responsible for the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in EAP’s Office of Regional and Security Policy.  He led the U.S. planning team for ARF’s first-ever military exercise, and oversaw ARF’s increased role in Asia policy and ARF reform efforts. Additionally, he held chief advisory responsibilities for U.S. policy reviews of South China Sea and regional organizations, resulting in strengthened U.S. positions and U.S. membership in the East Asia Summit.  In December 2010, he began a one-year detail to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in order to lead green growth trade policy issues during the 2011 U.S. hosting of APEC.  In November 2011, he served a one-year stint as a regional advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia-Pacific Security Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), helping to oversee DoD’s implementation of the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific.  Upon returning to EAP in the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs in November 2012, Kevin oversees Chinese foreign relations with Asia, including Chinese maritime policies. 


Kevin graduated from Baylor University in 2005 with a M.A. in International Relations and a B.A. in International Studies, and has a lower intermediate proficiency in Mandarin.  Raised in Arlington, Texas, he lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, journalist Katherine Boehret.


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