Heather A. Conley and Jon B. Alterman Named Senior Vice Presidents at CSIS

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2014 — The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has appointed Heather A. Conley and Jon B. Alterman to the role of senior vice president.
“Jon and Heather are two of our finest scholars here at CSIS,” said John J. Hamre, president, CEO, and Pritzker Chair at CSIS. “Their experience and dedication have already proven invaluable during their time at CSIS, and I am confident they will continue to enrich the operations of the Center in their new roles.”
Ms. Conley is senior vice president for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic and director of the CSIS Europe Program. She has been recently appointed to the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Arctic. Prior to joining CSIS as director and senior fellow of the Europe Program in 2009, she served as the executive director of the Office of the Chairman of the Board at the American National Red Cross from 2005 to 2008. She was deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau for European and Eurasian Affairs from 2001 to 2005, with responsibilities for U.S. bilateral relations with the 15 countries of northern and central Europe.
From 1994 to 2001, she was a senior associate with an international consulting firm led by former U.S. deputy secretary of state Richard L. Armitage. Ms. Conley began her career in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and subsequently served as special assistant to the coordinator of U.S. assistance to the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union from 1992 to 1994.

In addition to his new role as senior vice president, Dr. Jon Alterman holds the Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy and is director of the Middle East Program at CSIS. Before joining CSIS in 2002, Dr. Alterman served as a member of the Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State and as a special assistant to the assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs. He is a member of the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel and served as an expert adviser to the Iraq Study Group (also known as the Baker-Hamilton Commission).

Before entering government, he was a scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace and at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He teaches Middle Eastern studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and has lectured in more than 30 countries on five continents on subjects related to the Middle East and U.S. policy toward the region. 


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