David M. Finkelstein is the Director of Project Asia as well as its China Studies Center at The CNA Corporation in Alexandria, Virginia. He is a long-time student of Chinese and Asian affairs.
He received his Ph.D. in Chinese history from Princeton University and studied Mandarin at Nankai University in Tianjin, China.
His historical study, From Abandonment to Salvation: Washington’s Taiwan Dilemma, 1949-50 (George Mason University Press, 1993), was hailed in Presidential Studies Quarterly as “blazing a new trail” and “will take an important place in the literature of U.S.-China relations in the mid-20th Century.”
A retired U.S. Army officer, Finkelstein is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, the Army War College, the U.S. Army Airborne School, and the U.S. Army Foreign Area Officer Course at the JFK Center for Military Assistance and Unconventional Warfare. While on active duty he held various command and staff positions in tactical field units, significant positions at the Pentagon involving Chinese security affairs (to include Assistant Defense Intelligence Officer for East Asia & The Pacific), and served on the faculty at West Point where he taught Chinese history.