CFR Think Tank Grows to 75 Scholars with a Broad Range of Geographic and Functional Expertise

CFR Think Tank Grows to 75 Scholars with a Broad Range of Geographic and Functional Expertise

November 23, 2010 9:08 am (EST)

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The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) notes the addition of several scholars this fall, bringing the total to 75 full- and part-time fellows. Many are distinguished scholar-practitioners who have held senior positions in government, the private sector, NGOs and academia. These scholars contribute to the foreign policy debate by writing books, reports, articles, and op-eds on the most important challenges facing the United States and the world.

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Robert D. Blackwill returns to CFR as the Henry A. Kissinger senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy. Blackwill was previously a senior fellow at the RAND Corporation from 2008 to 2010, and, under President George W. Bush, the deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for strategic planning. He also served as presidential envoy to Iraq, and was the administration’s coordinator for U.S. policies in Afghanistan and Iran. Blackwill went to the National Security Council after serving as the U.S. ambassador to India from 2001 to 2003. He was a Harvard faculty member for fourteen years, serving as the Belfer lecturer in international security and as associate dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Blackwill is the recipient of several awards, including the 2007 Bridge-Builder Award for his role in transforming U.S.-India relations, and the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit, awarded by the Federal Republic of Germany for his contribution to German unification.

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Karen Brooks is adjunct senior fellow for Asia. Brooks, a top Southeast Asia expert, has experience in lecturing at universities, advisory work, and policymaking with the U.S. government and USAID. Brooks was previously director for Asian affairs on the staff of the National Security Council from 2001 to 2004, where she advised the president, the national security adviser, the U.S. trade representative, and other cabinet members on U.S. policy toward Southeast Asia. She served as special adviser to the assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific affairs from 1998 to 1999 and as a member of the policy planning staff in charge of Asia from 1999 to 2001. She is founder and partner of BrooksBowerAsia, an advisory services firm that helps multinational companies and organizations maximize opportunities and achieve results in the Asia-Pacific region. Brooks holds a BA from Princeton University and an MA from Cornell University.

Jared Cohen is an adjunct fellow and will focus on counterradicalization and the impact of connection technologies on twenty-first century statecraft. He is also the director of Google Ideas, a new division of Google aiming to reframe and act on old challenges in new and innovative ways. Cohen was previously a member of the State Department’s policy planning staff under both secretaries of state Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Rodham Clinton, and the chair of the policy planning staff working group on twenty-first century statecraft. Cohen is the author of Children of Jihad: A Young American’s Travels Among the Youth of the Middle East, and One Hundred Days of Silence: America and the Rwanda Genocide. Cohen received a BA from Stanford University and an MPhil from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes scholar. He is twice a recipient of the Secretary of State’s Meritorious Honor Award.

Robert Danin is the Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies. From April 2008 to summer 2010 Danin headed the Jerusalem mission of the Quartet Representative, Tony Blair. A career State Department official with over twenty years of Middle East experience, Danin served as deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs from 2005 to 2008, where he was responsible for Israeli-Palestinian issues, as well as the Levant. He previously served as acting senior director for Near East and North African affairs at the White House/National Security Council (NSC). He served at the NSC House for over three years, where as director for the Levant he was responsible for Israeli-Palestinian affairs and relations with Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt. A recipient of the State Department’s Superior Honor Award, Danin previously served as a Middle East and Gulf specialist on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff and as a senior Middle East analyst. Danin holds a BA in history from the University of California, Berkeley, an MSFS degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and a doctorate in the international relations of the Middle East from St. Antony’s College, Oxford University.

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Richard A. Falkenrath is the Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis adjunct senior fellow for counterterrorism and homeland security and is also a principal of the Chertoff Group. From 2006 to 2010, Falkenrath served as the New York City Police Department’s deputy commissioner for counterterrorism. From 2001 to 2004, he held several leadership positions within the White House advising the president and his senior team, including director for proliferation strategy within the National Security Council. Falkenrath is the author or coauthor of Shaping Europe’s Military Order, Avoiding Nuclear Anarchy, and America’s Achilles’ Heel: Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Terrorism and Covert Attack. He is a graduate of Occidental College and holds a PhD from the department of war studies at King’s College, London, where he was a British Marshall scholar.

Yanzhong Huang is senior fellow for global health. He also directs Seton Hall University’s Center for Global Health Studies, from which he is on leave for the year. Huang specializes in global health governance, health diplomacy and security, and East Asia. He has written the forthcoming book Governing Health in Contemporary China, and is the founding editor of the peer-reviewed journal Global Health Governance. He has taught at Barnard College and Columbia University. Huang holds a PhD in political science from the University of Chicago.

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Mark P. Lagon, adjunct senior fellow for human rights at CFR, is also a visiting professor at Georgetown University. Lagon was previously executive director and chief executive officer of Polaris Project, an anti–human trafficking nonprofit agency. Prior to that, Lagon served as ambassador at large and director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and senior adviser to the secretary of state. From 2004 to 2007, he served as deputy assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs. He is the author of the book The Reagan Doctrine: Sources of American Conduct in the Cold War’s Last Chapter. Lagon holds a BA from Harvard University and a PhD from Georgetown University.

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a fellow and deputy director for the Women and Foreign Policy program. Lemmon spent the past four years covering public policy and emerging markets with the global investment management firm PIMCO while finishing her first book, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana. She covered presidential politics as a producer with the ABC News political unit and This Week with George Stephanopoulos for nearly ten years. Lemmon holds a BA in journalism from the University of Missouri and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She was a Fulbright scholar in Spain and a Robert Bosch Foundation fellow in Germany.

Peter R. Orszag is a distinguished visiting fellow at CFR. He was previously the director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Obama administration, having been confirmed by the Senate on January 20, 2009. From January 2007 to December 2008, Orszag served as director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).  Prior to CBO, Orszag was the Joseph A. Pechman senior fellow and deputy director of economic studies at the Brookings Institution. While at Brookings, he also served as director of the Hamilton Project, director of the Retirement Security Project, and codirector of the Tax Policy Center. During the Clinton administration, he was a special assistant to the president for economic policy and before that a staff economist and then senior adviser and senior economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. Orszag graduated from Princeton University and holds a PhD in economics from the London School of Economics, which he attended as a Marshall scholar. He has coauthored or coedited a number of books, including Protecting the Homeland (2006), Aging Gracefully: Ideas to Improve Retirement Security in America (2006), Saving Social Security: A Balanced Approach (2004), and American Economic Policy in the 1990s (2002).

Francis E. Warnock, adjunct senior fellow for international finance, is also the Paul M. Hammaker associate professor of business administration at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, where he focuses on international capital flows, international portfolio allocation, and financial sector development, and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prior to joining Darden in 2004, Warnock was a senior economist in the international finance division at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, DC. He holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In addition, CFR welcomes a new group of visiting fellows each year. A full list of visiting fellows can be found at:

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