Isaac founded Strategy Risks because he believes firms and institutions need to better understand, manage and reduce their China risk. He shares these perspectives and insights as a contributing columnist at The Washington Post, an on-air contributor to CBSNews, a visiting fellow at the Atlantic Council, and a columnist on China risk at Barron’s. Previously Isaac served as a senior fellow at the Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations, Foreign Policy magazine’s Asia Editor, and as a Beijing correspondent for Newsweek. He has also written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, The Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, Politico, The Daily Beast, and Time, and served as an international affairs analyst for PRI’s The World. His views on China have been quoted in most major English language news outlets, and in Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese media.
Isaac lived in China for seven years, speaks fluent Mandarin, and has visited every Chinese province, special autonomous region, and municipality. His book, America Second: How America’s Elites Are Making China Stronger, on the Chinese Communist Party’s influence in America – and how to push back without being racist or McCarthyist – was published in February 2022. An adjunct at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs, a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Truman National Security Project fellow, Isaac is a regular speaker and lecturer at conferences and events around the world.