Gordon M. Goldstein

Adjunct Senior Fellow

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Gordon M. Goldstein is an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also a managing director at Silver Lake, the world’s largest investment firm in the global technology industry. Goldstein represented Silver Lake as a member of the U.S. delegation to the World Conference on International Telecommunications convened in 2012 in the United Arab Emirates and also served on the American delegation to the UN International Telecommunication Union Plenipotentiary Conference in South Korea in 2014.

Goldstein is a former managing director at Clark & Weinstock, a government relations, corporate communications, and strategy consulting firm and formerly served as a consultant to the Albright Stonebridge Group, a strategy advisory firm in Washington, DC. He is a former senior advisor to the strategic planning unit of the executive office of the UN secretary-general and previously served as codirector of the Council on Foreign Relations project on the information revolution and as codirector of the Brookings Institution project on sovereign wealth funds and global public investors. Goldstein is a former Wayland fellow and visiting lecturer at Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs and was a visiting lecturer at the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency. He is the author of Lessons In Disaster: McGeorge Bundy and the Path to War in Vietnam, a study of national security strategy and White House decision-making, which was a Foreign Affairs bestseller published by Times Books.

Goldstein has appeared on the ABC, CNN, MSNBC, and BBC, and his articles, op-eds and book review essays have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times, Atlantic, Newsweek, Politico, Foreign Policy, and the Spanish-language newspaper El Pais, for which he is a contributing commentator on the global technology industry, the internet, and cybersecurity. Goldstein is a graduate of Phillips Academy Andover, and Columbia University, where he was an international fellow and was awarded a BA and MIA through the combined degree program of Columbia College and the School of International and Public Affairs, as well as MPhil and PhD degrees in political science and international relations. He continues his affiliation with the university as a nonresident fellow of Columbia Law School's Roger Hertog Program on Law and National Security and as a member of the advisory board for the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.

Silver Lake, managing director  
Columbia Law School, Program on National Security Law, nonresident fellow 
Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, advisory board member