Stephen Flanagan

Stephen J. Flanagan holds the Henry A. Kissinger Chair in Diplomacy and National Security at CSIS. Before joining CSIS in 2007, he served as director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies and vice president for research at the National Defense University (NDU) for seven years, where he reshaped the Institute’s programs to address emerging global and homeland security challenges after 9/11. He held several senior positions in government between 1989 and 1999 where he helped develop U.S. strategy for the post–Cold War era, including special assistant to the president and senior director for Central and Eastern Europe, National Security Council Staff; associate director and member of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff; and national intelligence officer for Europe. Earlier in his career, he was a professional staff member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. In 2009–2010, he served as lead adviser to former secretary of state Madeleine Albright in her capacity as chair of the Group of Experts that developed the foundation for NATO’s Strategic Concept. [+]