2020 Tillman Scholar

Clark Yuan

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.P.P., M.B.A.

“As a Taiwanese immigrant standing at the crossroads of America and China, I want to positively impact the future of U.S.-China relations and help bridge this critical divide.”

In the aftermath of the Third Taiwan Strait Crisis, Clark emigrated with his family to the United States to pursue a more secure life. Yet, the memories of seeing missile launches on the news and hearing fearful whispers from his parents regarding the future of the loved ones they left behind weighed heavily on Clark and inspired him to embark on a journey to secure peace across the Taiwan Strait. His passion for promoting international security led Clark to West Point, where he commissioned as a military intelligence officer in 2012.

Upon graduating from the military academy, Clark received a Rotary International Scholarship to study China’s economic and political reforms at King’s College London. His subsequent overseas tours to Afghanistan and South Korea helped him realize that U.S.-China competition is now accelerating across the globe and spans every sector: from technology and trade to diplomacy and defense. Given his cultural background and military experiences, Clark believes he is uniquely positioned to help promote deeper cooperation between the two greatest powers in the world.

Clark is pursuing dual degrees in public policy and business administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and MIT Sloan School of Management. He is passionate about East Asian economic diplomacy and has a vision to leverage businesses and markets to support policy objectives. Clark aspires to return to public service one day and serve as a U.S. diplomat.