Dr Charles Edel is Senior Fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Prior to this appointment, he was Associate Professor of Strategy and Policy at the U.S. Naval War College, and served on the U.S. Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff from 2015-2017. In that role, he advised the Secretary of State on political and security issues in the Asia-Pacific region. Previously, he has worked at Peking University's Center for International and Strategic Studies as a Henry Luce Scholar, was awarded the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship, and taught high school history in New York City. He is the co-author of The Lessons of Tragedy: Statecraft and World Order and Nation Builder: John Quincy Adams and the Grand Strategy of the Republic. In addition to his scholarly publications, his writings regularly appear in The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The American Interest, and various other outlets. He holds a Ph.D. in History from Yale University, and received a B.A. in Classics from Yale College.