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Paul Stares Joins Council as Senior Fellow and Director of Center for Preventive Action

November 8, 2007
Council on Foreign Relations

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November 8, 2007 – The Council on Foreign Relations is pleased to announce that Paul B. Stares is the new General John W. Vessey senior fellow for conflict prevention and director of the Center for Preventive Action (CPA).  Stares will focus on strengthening and expanding the work of the CPA, which finds ways to prevent, defuse, or resolve deadly conflicts around the world.  

“We are fortunate someone of Paul’s caliber is going to lead the CPA,” said Vice President and Director of Studies Gary Samore.  “As one of the nation’s leading scholars on international security, Paul will guide the CPA as it focuses on the prevention and resolution of conflicts in countries or regions that affect U.S. interests.”

Former CPA director Major General William L. Nash will continue as an adjunct senior fellow and director of the Council’s Military Fellows Program.  

Stares joins the Council after five years with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), where he was vice president and director of the Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention, focusing on northeast Asian security issues, U.S. counterterrorism policy, and conflict prevention strategies.  In 2006, Stares led the Iraq Study Group’s Strategic Environment Expert Working Group. 

Prior to joining USIP, he was the associate director and senior research scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University.  He has held posts as a senior research fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs and then as director of studies at the Japan Center for International Exchange.  Stares has also been a senior fellow and research associate in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, as well as a NATO fellow, a scholar-in-residence at the MacArthur Foundation–Moscow Office, a Rockefeller International Relations Fellow, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.  He has authored or edited nine books in addition to numerous book chapters, articles, and op-eds in leading U.S. and European newspapers.

Contact: Aerica Veazey Kennedy, 202-518-3448, akennedy@cfr.org