Advisory Board and Leadership

Advisory Board

Jon B. Alterman

Jon B. Alterman is a senior vice president, holds the Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and is director of the Middle East Program at CSIS. Prior to joining CSIS in 2002, he 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. Read More

Heather A. Conley

Heather A. Conley is senior vice president for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic and director of the Europe Program at CSIS. Prior to joining CSIS, Ms. Conley was a senior adviser to the Center for European Policy Analysis. From 2005 to 2008, she was the executive director of the Office of the Chairman of the Board at the American National Red Cross. Read More

Chester A. Crocker

Chester A. Crocker is the James R. Schlesinger professor of strategic studies at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and serves on the board of its Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. Dr. Crocker’s teaching and research focus on international security and conflict management. Read More

Mark T. Fung

Mark T. Fung is a practicing attorney in New York. He previously served as executive vice president and general counsel of Dandong Port Co., Ltd., a Hong Kong-registered holding company that acquires and operates global port and infrastructure assets. He is also currently a fellow at the Harvard University Asia Center, where his scholarly interests include China’s financial system, U.S.-China relations, and Chinese politics. Read More

Charles Gati

Charles Gati is a senior research professor of European and Eurasian Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Gati is a former senior adviser with the Policy Planning Staff of the U.S. Department of State and a former professor at Union College and Columbia University. Read More

Michael J. Green

Michael Jonathan Green is senior vice president for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and an associate professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He served on the staff of the National Security Council (NSC) from 2001 through 2005, first as director for Asian affairs, with responsibility for Japan, Korea, Australia, and New Zealand, and then as special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director for Asia, with responsibility for East Asia and South Asia. Read More

James Andrew Lewis

James Andrew Lewis is a senior fellow and director of the Strategic Technologies Program at CSIS, where he writes on technology, security, and the international economy. Before joining CSIS, he worked at the Departments of State and Commerce as a Foreign Service officer and as a member of the Senior Executive Service. Read More

Jessica Tuchman Mathews

Jessica Tuchman Mathews is a distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She served as Carnegie’s president for 18 years. Before her appointment in 1997, her career included posts in both the executive and legislative branches of government, in management and research in the nonprofit arena, and in journalism and science policy. She was director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Washington program and a senior fellow from 1994 to 1997. While there she published her seminal 1997 Foreign Affairs article, “Power Shift,” chosen by the editors as one of the most influential in the journal’s seventy-five years. Read More


Kevin Rudd, Distinguished Statesman

Mr. Rudd served as Australia’s 26th Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010, then as Foreign Minister from 2010 to 2012, before returning to the Prime Ministership in 2013. As Prime Minister, Mr. Rudd led Australia’s response during the Global Financial Crisis. Australia's fiscal response to the crisis was reviewed by the IMF as the most effective stimulus strategy of all member states. Australia was the only major advanced economy not to go into recession. Mr. Rudd is also internationally recognized as one of the founders of the G20 which drove the global response to the crisis, and which in 2009 helped prevent the crisis from spiraling into a second global depression. Read More  

Radek Sikorski, Distinguished Statesman 

Radek Sikorski is a distinguished statesman with the Brzezinski Institute on Geostrategy at CSIS. He is also currently a senior fellow at the Center of European Studies at Harvard University. He was formerly Poland’s minister of defense (2005–2007), foreign minister (2007–2014), and speaker of parliament (2014–2015). Born and raised in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Mr. Sikorski led a student strike committee there in 1981 as part of the Solidarity movement. He graduated from Oxford University with a B.A. and an M.A. in politics, philosophy, and economics. He then served as a war reporter in Afghanistan and Angola. Read More


John Hamre

John Hamre was elected president and CEO of CSIS in January 2000, and named Pritzker Chair in December 2012. Before joining CSIS, he served as the 26th U.S. deputy secretary of defense. Prior to holding that post, he was the under secretary of defense (comptroller) from 1993 to 1997. As comptroller, Dr. Hamre was the principal assistant to the secretary of defense for the preparation, presentation, and execution of the defense budget and management improvement programs.  Read More

Executive Director

Josiane Gabel

Josiane Gabel is the CSIS vice president for programs and operations and the executive director of the Brzezinski Institute on Geostrategy, which is dedicated to examining the unique interaction of history, geography, and strategy with a goal of developing policy-relevant analysis. Ms. Gabel’s previous positions at CSIS include executive officer to the president and CEO, director of executive education, and fellow in the Defense and National Security Group. She has also led the Center’s leadership development, training and ethics programs. She was co-editor of the CSIS “Global Forecast” from 2011 to 2014. Read More