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James M. Lindsay Named Vice President and Director of Studies of the Council on Foreign Relations

July 10, 2003
Council on Foreign Relations

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July 10, 2003 - James M. Lindsay, a leading authority on the domestic influences on American foreign policy, has been named Vice President and Director of Studies of the Council, announced Council President Richard N. Haass today. As Director of Studies, Lindsay will hold the Maurice R. Greenberg Chair. “Jim Lindsay is at the vanguard of scholarship about the relationship between American society and U.S. foreign policy,” said Haass. “He is ideally suited to help lead the studies department here at the Council.” Lindsay will assume his position in September.

Lindsay is currently Deputy Director and Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution, where he focuses on the foreign policy of the Bush administration, national missile defense, and the effects of globalization.

Before joining Brookings, he was Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa, where he was an award-winning instructor. In 1996-1997, he was Director for Global Issues and Multilateral Affairs on the staff of the National Security Council. His responsibilities there included UN reform, State Department reorganization, and funding for international affairs. He has also served as a consultant to the United States Commission on National Security/21st Century (Hart-Rudman Commission).

Lindsay has authored, co-authored, or edited a dozen books and more than fifty journal articles and book chapters on various aspects of American foreign policy and international relations. His books include America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy (forthcoming with Ivo H. Daalder); Defending America: The Case for Limited National Missile Defense (with Michael E. O’Hanlon); Congress and the Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy; and Congress and Nuclear Weapons. He has also contributed articles to the op-ed pages of many major newspapers, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.

Lindsay holds an A.B. in Economics and Political Science (highest distinction, highest honors) from the University of Michigan and an M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Yale University. He has been a fellow at the Center for International Affairs and the Center for Science and International Affairs, both at Harvard University. He is a recipient of a Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs and an International Affairs Fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations.

The Council’s Studies Department consists of approximately 60 scholars and researchers. The Fellows’ areas of expertise cover every geographic region and major issue in foreign affairs.

The Maurice R. Greenberg Chair was made possible by the contributions of Greenberg’s friends and colleagues, in recognition of his commitment to developing new ideas for U.S. foreign policy. Mr. Greenberg is the Chairman and CEO of American International Group (AIG) and Honorary Vice Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Established in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations is a nonpartisan membership organization, publisher, and think tank, dedicated to increasing America’s understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy. The Council accomplishes this mainly by promoting constructive debates, clarifying world issues, producing reports, and publishing Foreign Affairs, the leading journal on global issues.


Contact: Lisa Shields, Vice President, Communications, (212) 434-9888