David Samuel Sedney
David Sedney is the acting president of the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF). He is also a senior associate with the International Security Program at CSIS in Washington, D.C. An independent analyst/commentator on national security and foreign policy, he has appeared on CNN, BBC, PBS, Al Jazeera, VOA, and Public Radio International. His views have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, Guardian, Business Week, and other media. Mr. Sedney has testified before the U.S. Congress and appears as a speaker at think tanks and academic institutions. He served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia (2009–2013) and as deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asia (2007–2009). He was deputy chief of mission (DCM) at the U.S. embassy in Beijing (2004–2007) after service as DCM at U.S. embassies in Kabul and in Baku. Earlier, he served as a U.S. diplomat abroad and in Washington and was detailed twice to the National Security Council. He is on Board of Trustees of the American University of Afghanistan, the steering committee of the Alliance in Support of the Afghan People, and the Board of Advisors of the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies. He holds a B.A. from Princeton University, an M.Sc. from the National War College, and a J.D. from Suffolk University.