December 16, 2014

Dr. David Gordon, former Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. Department of State, Joins CNAS as Adjunct Senior Fellow

Washington, December 16 – The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) announced today that David Gordon, the former Director of Policy Planning for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and currently President of International Capital Strategies, has joined CNAS as an Adjunct Senior Fellow. Dr. Gordon will focus on global strategic issues and macro trends, as well as the intersection of economics and strategy.

In his extensive career in intelligence analysis and foreign policy, Dr. Gordon has served as the Vice Chair of the National Intelligence Council and the director of the CIA’s Office of Transitional Issues, and on the staff of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.  After leaving government, Dr. Gordon was Chairman and Head of Research at the Eurasia Group, the political risk advisory firm.

“David brings to the Center his vast knowledge of international affairs and a penetrating intellect,” said CNAS President Richard Fontaine. “His expertise in addressing everything from America’s approach to collecting and using intelligence to how to work with America’s most important allies will be a real asset for CNAS. We are delighted to have him on board.”

“CNAS is a source of some of the most innovative, forward-looking thinking on defense and foreign policy,” said Dr. Gordon. “I am excited to work with CNAS’ innovative and dynamic research team to create real, actionable recommendations for the U.S. security apparatus. Having worked in government, I know the importance of organizations like CNAS, whose ability to ‘go beyond the inbox’ can be critical to injecting new ideas and improving the ability of public officials to do their jobs.”

During his career in government, Dr. Gordon worked to deepen strategic insight and policy options at the interface of international economics, diplomacy and geopolitics.  He led the State Department’s and the NIC’s strategic dialogues with more than 20 countries around the globe and was a principal in the Senior Dialogue with China.  Dr. Gordon oversaw the NIC’s groundbreaking reports, Global Trends 2015 and 2020; and, after 9/11, played a leading role in the development of strategies and tools of financial coercion.  Following his time in government, he has commented widely in major news outlets and serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.