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Tiger Profile: Jeremy Mark

Senior Fellow at the GeoEconomics Center of the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C

As a Senior Fellow at the GeoEconomics center, Jeremy writes on a range of economic and diplomatic topics, including U.S.-China trade, technology supply chains, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on developing countries, and other issues that keep him up at night. He worked for the International Monetary Fund as a communications specialist for more than two decades, but has always been a journalist at heart. During the 1980s and 1990s he was a reporter and editor for The Asian Wall Street Journal, based in New York, Tokyo, Taipei, and Singapore, where he finished his journalism career running the newsroom at CNBC Asia during the Asian financial crisis. He received an Overseas Press Club Award in 1996 for coverage of the collapse of Barings Bank in Singapore. He and his family moved to Washington in 1998, and he made the awkward transition to international bureaucrat. He retired from the IMF in 2019 and began writing for the Atlantic Council just as the world went into pandemic lockdown.

Jeremy spent the summer of 1973 studying first-year Chinese at Middlebury, where his introduction to the language was a dazzling performance by Helen Lin, who—in the space of an hour—assigned every first-year student a Chinese name rich in meaning and subtlety. It is a story he has repeated hundreds of times over the years. He studied in Taiwan in 1974, but nearly 20 years passed before he was able to use his Chinese professionally as a reporter in Taipei—and then only after a detour into Japanese, which he is unable to speak with any comfort. He has never lived in China and considers Taiwan to be his second home.

He holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Vassar College, an M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London and another in journalism from Columbia University.

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