CSIS Statement on Rex Tillerson’s nomination as Secretary of State

WASHINGTON, December 13, 2016—The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) congratulates Rex Tillerson on the news that President-elect Trump has asked him to be the next Secretary of State. Mr. Tillerson has been a member of the CSIS Board of Trustees since 2005.

While being the CEO of one of the largest corporations in the world, Mr. Tillerson was an active and involved member of the CSIS Board. Mr. Tillerson has also actively participated in the intellectual life of the center, with a special focus on global public health. Mr. Tillerson served as a commissioner on a landmark effort, the CSIS Commission on Smart Global Health Policy, that sought to create a smart, strategic, long-term global health policy for the United States.

Mr. Tillerson has demonstrated a keen interest in international affairs. He is superbly prepared to be an effective Secretary of State.