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Sara Bush Castro

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Assistant Director, TISS Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence University of North Carolina, Chapel HillHistory Home PWAD, Hamilton Hall 403, CB#3200, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 27599 Chapel Hill NC 27599 USA Work Phone: (919) 627-8640

Sara Bush Castro is a lecturer in the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill specializing in global security and intelligence history, U.S.-China relations, and Chinese foreign policy. She also serves as Assistant Director of the TISS Community Center of Academic Excellence. Dr. Castro holds a doctorate in history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she specialized in security studies and Asia. She served as an intelligence analyst for the US government in Washington DC from 2003 to 2009 and as a program assistant at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, a non-governmental organization in New York City, from 2000 to 2002.


Primary Areas of Expertise:

China, Asia, U.S.-China relations, U.S. intelligence, global intelligence, national security, intelligence regimes, U.S. foreign policy

1. Pivot to Asia: Understanding Regional Dynamics in East Asia
2. Historical Perspectives on U.S.-China Relations
3. The Historical Origins of the Central Intelligence Agency