U.S.-Japan-Southeast Asia Fellowship Year 2 Fellow: Jeffrey D. Bean


Residency:  March 2020

BiographyJeffrey Bean

Jeffrey D. Bean is editor of the Asia Policy Blog, CogitAsia, for the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), where he manages publications and reports and produces podcasts for the CSIS Asia Programs. Mr. Bean’s research focus and areas of analysis include emerging technology, non-traditional threats, trade, and U.S. foreign and security policy in the Indo-Pacific. Previously, he worked as a research assistant with the Freeman Chair in China Studies at CSIS, where he managed projects that focused on Asian regional cooperation and U.S.-China relations. He is the author of over two dozen articles and reports as well as the producer of nearly one hundred CSIS podcasts on policy issues in the Indo-Pacific. He is co-editor of Asia's Response to Climate Change and Natural Disasters: Implications for an Evolving Regional Architecture (CSIS, 2010). Mr. Bean holds an M.A. in security policy studies with concentrations in emerging technology and transnational threats from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs where he was a highest honors fellow and a B.A. in international affairs and political science from James Madison University. He also spent a year on fellowship in the United Kingdom at the University of Oxford, Christ Church College, studying international relations.

Research Topic: Blood, Sweat, and Silicon: Framing the U.S.-Japan Response to Semiconductor Supply Chain Disruptions by Exploring Partnerships with Southeast Asia

The research for this project will evaluate the supply chain adjustments that U.S. and Japanese semiconductor companies are making in East Asia as result of disruptions due to trade disputes. It will assess what the United States and Japan could do to assist specific Southeast Asian countries in becoming more attractive destinations for contributing to component supply and production of semiconductors by facilitating deeper regional economic integration, enabling wider trade and investment, and improving key infrastructure. The study will briefly frame the underlying strategic competition over future regional economic order, highlight the foundational importance of semiconductors to the future digital economy and Fourth Industrial Revolution, describe the nature of the existing semiconductor supply chain for U.S. and Japanese companies, and then gauge disruptions and responses.