September 17, 2015

CNAS Names Mira Rapp-Hooper Senior Fellow in Asia-Pacific Security Program


Washington, September 17 – The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) announced today that Mira Rapp-Hooper has joined the Center as a Senior Fellow in the Asia-Pacific Security Program.  As a Senior Fellow, she will cover a broad range of topics, including U.S.-China relations, maritime and territorial issues, deterrence throughout the region, nuclear strategy, North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, and alliance politics.

“Mira will make a tremendous addition to the Asia-Pacific Security Program and the Center as a whole,” said CNAS Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Michèle Flournoy. “Getting U.S. policy in the region right is critically important to our national security. I am confident that Mira’s intellect and extensive knowledge will enable CNAS to continue having an impact at the highest levels.”

Patrick Cronin, Director of CNAS’ Asia-Pacific Security Program, agreed with Flournoy. “Mira is a true expert. She has a strong grasp of national security issues in the Asia-Pacific, produces clear and interesting work, and is an absolute team player. I am pleased to welcome her to the Asia-Pacific Security Program.”

Rapp-Hooper replaces Ely Ratner, who left CNAS to become the Deputy National Security Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden.

Before coming to CNAS, Rapp-Hooper was a fellow with the Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where she directed the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative. Prior to joining CSIS, she was a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Rapp-Hooper is currently a Foreign Policy Interrupted Fellow and a David Rockefeller Fellow of the Trilateral Commission.

Rapp-Hooper has been quoted in The New York TimesThe Washington Post, NPR, and BBC among others. Her commentary has appeared in Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, andWashington Quarterly, while her academic writing has appeared in Politic Science Quarterly,Security Studies, and Survival.

Rapp-Hooper received her BA in history from Stanford University and an M.A., M.Phil, and Ph.D in political science from Columbia University.