Matt Pottinger

Distinguished Visiting Fellow
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Matt Pottinger is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution.  Pottinger served the White House for four years in senior roles on the National Security Council staff, including as deputy national security advisor from 2019 to 2021. In that role, he coordinated the full spectrum of national security policy. He previously served as senior director for Asia, where he led the administration’s work on the Indo-Pacific region, in particular its shift on China policy.

Before his White House service, Pottinger spent the late 1990s and early 2000s in China as a reporter for Reuters and the Wall Street Journal. He then fought in Iraq and Afghanistan as a US Marine during three combat deployments between 2007 and 2010. Following active duty, he founded and led an Asia-focused risk consultancy and ran Asia research at an investment fund in New York. 

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Matt Pottinger: The Rollback Of Free Market Policies In China

interview with Matt Pottingervia CBS News
Sunday, December 5, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Matt Pottinger discusses China and its undoing of key free market policies of the last 40 years as well as how the crackdowns against capitalism, strict controls on booming sectors including private companies and wealthy individuals, smack of Maoist repression.


The Most Powerful Data Broker In The World Is Winning The War Against The U.S.

by Matt Pottingervia The New York Times
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

President Joe Biden came away from his summit with China’s President Xi Jinping on Nov 15 committed to prosecuting what he called “simple, straightforward competition” with China. Yet Beijing is already beating the United States and its allies in one crucial domain: data.

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The Most Powerful Data Broker in the World Is Winning the War Against the U.S.

by Matt Pottingervia The New York Times
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Data “is the oil of the 21st century” and Beijing has caught the United States and its allies on their back foot in the struggle to secure this precious commodity. From health records to supply chain patterns, big data and the insights it yields will be crucial to economic development and social progress. Washington must follow through on commitments to safeguard American data from the grasp of the CCP, while creating secure avenues for democracies to share information between each other, argue Matt Pottinger and David Feith in a timely and forward-thinking call to action in the New York Times.

Co-author: David Feith

Red Lines

by Matt Pottingervia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 18, 2021

The United States and its allies must refuse to let Beijing hold them hostage.

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US Troops Secretly In Taiwan Training Military

quoting Matt Pottingervia NewsMax
Thursday, October 7, 2021

Small units of Taiwan's military ground forces have been trained by a U.S. special operations unit and a contingent of Marines, who have been secretly operating in that country, The Wall Street Journal is reporting.


Matt Pottinger Warns Of China’s Anti-Capitalism Economy

interview with Matt Pottingervia Fox Business
Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Matt Pottinger discusses the Chinese president's vision to move China back to socialism.


Pottinger Appearance on Amanpour and Company

interview with Matt Pottingervia Amanpour and Company
Monday, September 13, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Matt Pottinger talks with Walter Isaacson about the threat to the region and why he resigned from the White House after the attack on the Capitol in January.

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Beijing’s American Hustle

by Matt Pottingervia Foreign Affairs
Wednesday, August 25, 2021

The former U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor describes the PRC’s strategy and how the United States should respond.


Matt Pottinger: Beijing’s Long Arm: Threats To U.S. National Security

with Matt Pottingervia Hoover Daily Report
Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Matt Pottinger testifies before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on "Beijing’s Long Arm: Threats to U.S. National Security."



The Director’s Chair: Matt Pottinger On His Career, Working For President Trump, China And Covid

interview with Matt Pottingervia Lowy Institute
Monday, July 5, 2021

In this episode of The Director’s Chair, Michael Fullilove speaks with Hoover Institution fellow and the former US Deputy National Security Adviser, Matthew Pottinger.