CFR Welcomes New Fellows

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) welcomes Reuben E. Brigety II, Robert E. Litan, and Matthew M. Taylor to its David Rockefeller Studies Program.

January 11, 2016

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January 7, 2016—The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) welcomes three new scholars to its David Rockefeller Studies Program.

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Reuben E. Brigety II joins CFR as an adjunct senior fellow for African peace and security issues with the Center for Preventive Action. As part of his work at CFR, Brigety will direct a roundtable series on peacebuilding in Africa. Brigety is dean of George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. Previously, he served as the U.S. representative to the African Union and permanent U.S. representative to the UN Economic Commission for Africa. Before that appointment, he was deputy assistant secretary of state, where he focused on security, U.S. refugee programs, and humanitarian diplomacy in Africa. Brigety has also served as director of the sustainable security program at the Center for American Progress; as a special assistant in the bureau for democracy, conflict, and humanitarian assistance at the U.S. Agency for International Development; and as a senior advisor for development and security to the U.S. Central Command assessment team.

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Before his policy work, Brigety taught government and politics at George Mason University and at the School of International Service at American University. He also worked as a researcher at Human Rights Watch and was an active duty U.S. naval officer. Brigety received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the U.S. Naval Academy and his master of philosophy and doctor of philosophy degrees in international affairs from the University of Cambridge. He is a CFR member and was a CFR international affairs fellow in 2007.

Robert E. Litan, a noted economist and lawyer, joins CFR as an adjunct senior fellow with the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies. Litan will oversee a roundtable series that explores the ways cities around the world have been and are continuing to encourage the formation of new businesses. Litan’s work builds on nearly a decade of directing research and serving as vice president at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, which supports research on entrepreneurship. He has also directed research at the Brookings Institution and Bloomberg Government, and served in several positions in the federal government, including as associate director of the Office of Management and Budget at the White House; as deputy assistant attorney general in the antitrust division of the Justice Department; consultant to the Treasury Department; and as a staff economist in the president’s Council of Economic Advisors. 

Litan is an author or coauthor of twenty-five books and over two hundred articles on a wide range of economic policy subjects. He is also a partner with the law firm of Korein Tillery of St. Louis and Chicago. He is a CFR member.

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Matthew M. Taylor joins CFR as an adjunct senior fellow for Latin America studies. He will direct a roundtable meeting series on Latin America, as well as conduct research related to Brazil, corruption, and the rule of law. Taylor will be affiliated with the Latin America Studies program and the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy program.

Taylor is an associate professor at American University’s School of International Service. He has lived and worked extensively in Latin America, most recently as a member of the political science department at the University of São Paulo, where he was a faculty member for five years. Taylor is the author of Judging Policy: Courts and Policy Reform in Democratic Brazil, which was awarded the Brazilian Political Science Association’s Victor Nunes Leal Prize for best book. He is also coeditor with Timothy J. Power of Corruption and Democracy in Brazil: The Struggle for Accountability, and coeditor with Oliver Stuenkel of Brazil on the Global Stage: Power, Ideas, and the Liberal International Order. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s degree and doctorate from Georgetown University.

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