Board Member

Jeh Charles Johnson

Jeh Charles Johnson

Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Jeh Charles Johnson is a partner with the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, a member of the board of directors of Lockheed Martin and U.S. Steel, and a trustee of Columbia University. Previously, he served as U.S. secretary of homeland security from 2013 to 2017, general counsel of the Department of Defense from 2009 to 2012, general counsel of the Department of the Air Force from 1998 to 2001, and assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1989 to 1991.

Johnson is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He frequently appears as a guest or commentator on NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, MSNBC, FOX, CNN, CNBC, NPR, Bloomberg TV and other networks and has lectured or debated at Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, and Yale Universities and all four military service academies. He is a graduate of Morehouse College and Columbia Law School and a recipient of twelve honorary degrees. Johnson is a 2018 recipient of the Ronald Reagan Peace Through Strength Award, a 2021 recipient of The American Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award and a 2022 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Top Stories on CFR

Middle East and North Africa

Turkey’s geography and membership in NATO have long given the country an influential voice in foreign policy, but the assertive policies of President Erdogan have complicated its role.

United States

The National Guard is a special part of the U.S. military that answers to both state governors and the president. While it began as a “strategic reserve,” the guard has grown into a pivotal partner in military operations.


Sadanand Dhume, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a South Asia columnist for the Wall Street Journal, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss the political, economic, and climate crises roiling Pakistan.