WASHINGTON, DC, April 13, 2009 - The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Kristin Lord has joined CNAS as Vice President and Director of Studies. Dr. Lord is widely known for her compelling work in international security and foreign policy.
Prior to joining CNAS, Dr. Lord was a Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program and Saban Center for Middle East Policy at The Brookings Institution. At Brookings, Dr. Lord directed the science and technology initiative of the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World.
Prior to joining Brookings, Dr. Lord was Associate Dean for Strategy, Research, and External Relations at The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. In that capacity, she oversaw the school's six research centers, graduate admissions, public affairs, and strategic initiatives. During her twelve year tenure at the Elliott School, she launched three master's programs, ten certificate programs, a global network of university partnerships, the school's skills curriculum, and numerous educational programs for students, diplomats, and mid-career professionals from the public, private, and non-profit sectors. As a member of the faculty, she also taught courses on U.S. public diplomacy, U.S. foreign policy and the causes of war.
In 2005-2006, Lord served as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow and Special Adviser to the Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs. In that role, she worked on a wide range of issues including international science and technology cooperation, international health, democracy and the rule of law, communications, and public diplomacy.
Lord's most recent commentary in The Huffington Post on the Obama administration's public diplomacy efforts builds on her must-read report U.S. Public Diplomacy in the 21st Century published by The Brookings Institution. Her recent op-ed in The Christian Science Monitor discusses the Arab world's progress in building dynamic knowledge economies capable of employing the region's burgeoning youth population. The op-ed draws on her Brookings report entitled A New Millennium of Knowledge? The Arab Human Development Report on Building a Knowledge Society, Five Years On.
Dr. Lord is the author of Perils and Promise of Global Transparency: Why the Information Revolution May Not Lead to Security Democracy or Peace, (SUNY Press, 2006), Power and Conflict in an Age of Transparency, edited with Bernard I. Finel (Palgrave Macmillan, 2000), and numerous book chapters, policy papers, and articles. In 2008, she published two Brookings reports A New Millennium of Knowledge? The Arab Human Development Report on Building a Knowledge Society, Five Years On and Voices of America: U.S. Public Diplomacy in the 21st Century. Her articles have appeared in International Studies Quarterly, Science, Foreign Service Journal, National Interest on-line, The Christian Science Monitor, Kuwait Times, The National, Politico, and The Huffington Post.
Dr. Lord is a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution (an appointment she also held in 2007-2008) and the University of Southern California's Center for Public Diplomacy. She is a board member of the Public Diplomacy Council and a Senior Adviser to Business for Diplomatic Action. In 2006-2007, Dr. Lord served as project director of a Council on Foreign Relations study group entitled "Beyond Institutions: Building Cultural Support for the Rule of Law." She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University and her B.A., magna cum laude, in international studies from American University.