Hans Binnendijk


Dr. Hans Binnendijk is a Senior Fellow at the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations. Until July 4, 2012, he was the Vice President for Research and Applied Learning at the National Defense University and Theodore Roosevelt Chair in National Security Policy. He was also Director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies. From 2001 to 2009 he was the founding Director of the Center for Technology and National Security Policy at NDU. He previously served on the National Security Council staff as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control (1999-2001). From 1994 to 1999, he served his first tour as Director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies. Prior to that, he was Principal Deputy Director of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff (1993-1994). He was Deputy Staff Director and Legislative Director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (1980-1985) and a senior staff member of the Committee from 1977 to 1980. He served his first tour at the National Security Council from 1976 to 1977 and at the Office of Management and Budget from 1974 to 1976. He has received numerous awards for his government service, including three Distinguished Public Service Awards and a Superior Service Award. In academia, Dr. Binnendijk was Director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, where he was also the Marshall B. Coyne Research Professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (1991-1993). He was Deputy Director and Director of Studies at London’s International Institute for Strategic Studies and Editor of Survival from 1988-1991. He is author or co-author of more than 100 articles, editorials and reports. His most recent books include Seeing the Elephant: The U.S. Role in Global Security (Potomac Books: 2006) and Civilian Surge (Editor: NDU Press: 2009). Dr. Binnendijk serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and as Chairman of the Board of Humanity in Action. He is also currently affiliated with RAND, CNA, and ACUS. He previously served on the Council on Foreign Relations Studies Committee, U.S. Committee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the CSIS International Research Council. He has received the Cross of the Order of Merit from the Federal Republic of Germany. Dr. Binnendijk is a 1968 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He received his M.A.L.D. and his Ph.D. in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.


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