Gordon M. Goldstein

Adjunct Senior Fellow

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Gordon M. Goldstein is an adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). From 2010 to 2018, he was 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 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications in the United Arab Emirates and also served on the American delegation to the 2014 UN International Telecommunication Union Plenipotentiary Conference in South Korea.

Goldstein is a former managing director at Clark & Weinstock, a government relations, corporate communications, and strategy consulting firm. He also served as a consultant to the Albright Stonebridge Group, a strategy advisory firm in Washington, DC. He was a senior advisor to the strategic planning unit of the executive office of the UN secretary-general, and codirected the CFR project on the information revolution and 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. He was a visiting lecturer at the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency.

Goldstein 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 best seller.

He has appeared on ABC, the BBC, CNN, and MSNBC, and his articles, op-eds, and book review essays have been published in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times, Atlantic, Newsweek, Politico, Foreign Policy, and Spanish-language newspaper El Pais, for which he is a contributing commentator on the global technology industry, internet, and cybersecurity.

Dr. Goldstein is a graduate of Phillips Academy Andover and Columbia University, where he was an International Fellow and was awarded a BA, MIA, M.Phil and Ph.D 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. He is a member of the advisory board for the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.


  • Columbia Law School, Program on National Security Law, nonresident fellow 
  • Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, advisory board member
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