Sam Brannen leads the Risk and Foresight Group at the Center for Strategic and
International Studies (CSIS) and is a senior fellow in the International
Security Program. He has previously served as a long-range strategic
planner and adviser to senior leaders in government and business. The newly
established Risk and Foresight Group is charged with providing
decisionmakers with insights into the forces of change reshaping the global
environment, from shifting demographics to emerging technologies.
Brannen returned to CSIS in fall 2018 after spending four years as director of A.T. Kearney’s Global Business Policy Council, where he advised CEOs on the business implications of global macro-trends and conducted 5- to 10-year assessments of countries, sectors, and industries. Previously at CSIS, he was a senior fellow and led research on unmanned systems, shifting geopolitics, and defense strategic planning. Brannen also held multiple positions at the Pentagon, including advising on strategy and foresight issues and serving as country director for Turkey in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He holds a master’s degree in international affairs from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Trinity University in Texas.