Dr. Kurt Campbell is chairman of the Center for a New American Security, chairman and CEO of The Asia Group, a non-resident fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center, and is on the Board of Directors for Standard Chartered PLC in London.
From 2009 to 2013, Dr. Campbell served as the assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, where he was a key architect of the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia.” He was awarded the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award, the nation’s highest diplomatic honor in 2013.
Dr. Campbell was the CEO and co-founder of the Center for a New American Security, concurrently serving as director of the Aspen Strategy Group, chairman of the editorial board of the Washington Quarterly, and founder and chairman of the consultancy firm StratAsia. He also served as senior vice president, director of the International Security Program and Henry A. Kissinger Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Dr. Campbell previously served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for Asia and the Pacific, director on the National Security Council Staff, deputy special counselor to the president for North American Free Trade Agreement and White House fellow at the Department of the Treasury. He was an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves, serving on surface ships, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and in the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Advisory Unit. Dr. Campbell is the author or editor of 10 books and is a contributing writing to The New York Times and the Financial Times.