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The National Security Institute was excited to host Axios China Reporter Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian to discuss her new book, Beijing Rules: How China Weaponized Its Economy to Confront the World, which reveals how the Chinese Communist Party uses its economic weight to coerce to alter the geostrategic environment to further its own authoritarian goals and counter Western principles.
Bethany Allen is the China reporter at Axios, where she focuses on how China projects power beyond its own borders. Before joining Axios, she was the lead reporter for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists China Cables project, a leak of classified Chinese government documents revealing the inner workings of the mass internment camps in Xinjiang. For her work on the China Cables project, Betahny received the Robert D. G. Lewis Watchdog Award, the top prize awarded annually by the Society of Professional Journalists DC Dateline Awards. The China Cables project was also a finalist for the Batten Medal for Courage in Journalism. Bethany previously lived in China for four years. She is now based in Taiwan.
Jessica Jones is the Deputy Executive Director of the National Security Institute where she leads all day-to-day operations, works with NSI’s Executive Director to set NSI’s overall strategic direction, including policy priorities, stakeholder engagement, brand development, and fundraising goals.
In addition to directing Congressional and executive branch outreach, she leads the development and execution of NSI’s external and internal policy programming focused on key national security issues and oversees the NSI Fellows program and NSI’s educational mission including the management of multiple academic programs.
Prior to joining the National Security Institute, she held positions at the Congressional Research Service and Women in International Security, consulted for the Antiquities Coalition, and practiced law at Smith Freed & Eberhard. She was a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon and spent time at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. Jessica is an honors graduate of Vanderbilt University and Emory University School of Law. She received her Master’s in International Economics and Strategic Studies with honors from The John Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, where she was selected for a Priscilla Mason Fellowship.