Adjunct Senior Fellow for Law and Foreign Policy
International law & national security law; human rights; law and terrorism; counterterrorism; international security; presidential powers and foreign policy; cybersecurity; military intervention.
Matthew C. Waxman is adjunct senior fellow for law and foreign policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also professor at Columbia Law School and a member of the Hoover Institution's task force on national security and law.
He previously served at the U.S. Department of State as principal deputy director of policy planning. His prior government appointments included deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs, director for contingency planning and international justice at the National Security Council, and special assistant to the national security adviser. He is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, and studied international relations as a Fulbright scholar in the United Kingdom. After law school, he served as law clerk to Supreme Court justice David H. Souter and U.S. Court of Appeals judge Joel M. Flaum.
His publications include The Dynamics of Coercion: American Foreign Policy and the Limits of Military Might (with Daniel Byman, Cambridge University Press, 2002) and the CFR special report Intervention To Stop Genocide and Mass Atrocities: International Norms and U.S. Policy (2009).
New York, New York
CFR Adjunct Senior Fellow for Law and Foreign Policy
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