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Alfred D. Wilhelm Jr. PhD


President/Owner of Prism International

Alfred Wilhelm just completed an 18 months service mission as a Mandarin-speaking missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Taipei, Taiwan. 

Alfred Wilhelm is the President/Owner of Prism International, which until 2020 provided training to businesses, especially manufacturing, in the USA, Japan, and China (PRC) that desired to become certified in selected International Standards Organization (ISO) standards, such as ISO 9000.   

Through his firm, Wilhelm & Associates, LLC, he has advised on advancing relations between the United States, China, Japan, and Taiwan through finance, healthcare, education, and national security projects, including water scarcity.  He currently advises a Taiwan business concerning mineral imports from southern Africa.  

From 1989 to 2001 he was Executive Vice President and CFO of The Atlantic Council of the United States, a foreign policy research and education institute in Washington, DC.  Some of his earlier responsibilities include being the U.S. Army Attaché in Beijing, China (1986-88); faculty member of the National War College; Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and later the Institute of National Strategic Studies; Chief of Congressional Relations for the Department of Defense Security Assistance Agency and faculty member of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.  In the U.S., he served in the 82d Airborne Division, and in Vietnam, he served in the 5th Special Forces Group and later in the 101st Airborne Division.

Among his publication are China Policy for the Next Decade (1984), The Chinese at the Negotiating Table (1994), and China and Security in the Asian Pacific Region Through 2010 (1997). Specializing on issues involving China and East Asia since 1967, he is a graduate of the US Military Academy, has an MA in East Asian Studies from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in International Law and Politics with a focus on negotiations theory and practice and a minor in Chinese history. In addition, Dr. Wilhelm is a graduate of the National War College in Washington, DC and the US State Department’s Chinese Language School in Taichung, Taiwan.

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