• Nonresident Fellow

Naima Green-Riley

Naima Green-Riley is a nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab. She is also an assistant professor in the Department of Politics and at the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Green-Riley specializes in Chinese foreign policy with a focus on public diplomacy and the global information space.

Green-Riley’s academic work intersects with her contributions to global development and diplomacy. She is a member of the board of directors of Oxfam America. Before pursuing her PhD, she was a Pickering fellow and a foreign service officer at the US Department of State. Green-Riley was the public affairs officer at the US Consulate General in Alexandria, Egypt during the Arab Spring from 2011 to 2013. She also served as a consular officer at the US Consulate General in Guangzhou, China from 2014 to 2015. She is a Schmidt Futures 2020 International Strategy fellow and she was featured on New America’s 2020 list of Black American national security and foreign policy next generation leaders.

Green-Riley’s writing has been published in Security Studies, the Journal of Experimental Political Science, and various public-facing outlets, including the Monkey Cage blog at the Washington Post, the Emerging Voices on the New Normal in Asia series of the National Bureau of Asian Research, the Diplomat, and the Root. She is a 2017 Ford Foundation predoctoral fellow and a 2020 International Policy Scholars Consortium and Network scholar.

Green-Riley’s work has been supported by the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, the Morris Abrams Award in International Relations, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School, and the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. It has also been supported by several interdisciplinary centers at Harvard, including the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, the Center for American Political Studies, the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and the Harvard Experimental Working Group.
Green-Riley received a bachelor’s degree in international relations with honors from Stanford University. Moreover, she was a Belfer Center International and Global Affairs fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she graduated with a master’s degree in public policy. She earned a PhD in political Science from the Department of Government at Harvard University. Green-Riley is proficient in Mandarin Chinese, and she also has an intermediate-level knowledge of Arabic. She is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and the National Committee on US-China Relations, and she is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.