Philip Gordon Joins CFR As Senior Fellow

Philip Gordon, special assistant to the president and White House coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf region since 2013, will join the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) as a senior fellow. Based in Washington, DC, his research will focus on U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East and Europe.

March 31, 2015

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Philip Gordon, special assistant to the president and White House coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf region since 2013, will join the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) as a senior fellow. Based in Washington, DC, his research will focus on U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East and Europe.

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“Phil Gordon is one of the premier scholar-practitioners of his generation. More than that, he is equally at home in Europe or the Middle East,” said CFR President Richard N. Haass. “We are excited about the prospect of his joining us here at the Council on Foreign Relations.” 

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Gordon has high-level experience in the White House and State Department. In his most recent position, he worked closely with President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and National Security Advisors Susan Rice and Tom Donilon on issues including Iran’s nuclear program, Middle East peace negotiations, the conflict in Syria, Iraqi security, U.S.-Gulf relations, political transitions in North Africa, and bilateral relations with Israel, Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon.

Previously, Gordon was assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from 2009 to 2013. He was responsible for fifty countries as well as NATO and the European Union, and worked closely with Secretary Clinton on U.S. policy toward Western and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Caucasus, Turkey, and Russia. 

From 1998 to 1999, Gordon was director for European affairs at the National Security Council in the administration of President Bill Clinton, where he specialized in NATO, the European Union, Western Europe, Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus.

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From 2000 to 2008, he was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and founded its Center on the United States and Europe, a program devoted to transatlantic cooperation. In 2006, he became a senior fellow there, in U.S. foreign policy.

From 1994 to 1998, Gordon was a senior fellow at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, and editor of its journal, Survival. He has held research and teaching positions at universities in the United States and Europe, including the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC, and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, France.

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A recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including CFR’s International Affairs Fellowship and a Fulbright scholarship, he holds a BA from Ohio University and an MA and PhD in international relations and international economics from SAIS. He has published numerous books and articles on international affairs, and is a regular contributor to major newspapers, journals, and magazines.   

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