EXECUTIVE LECTURE FORUM: Activities: 2001: Bio: Campbell
 

February 22, 2001
Dr. Kurt Campbell
Dr. Kurt M. Campbell
, Former Deputy Secretary of Defense for Asia and the Pacific, Senior Vice President and Director of International Security, Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Dr. Kurt M. Campbell joined CSIS as Senior Vice President in May 2000. In this capacity, he is responsible for helping develop the foreign policy and security agenda of the Center into the 21st century. He is also a contributing writer to The New York Times and a Senior Advisor to iDefense, an internet security firm. Previously he served for five years as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia and the Pacific, the senior most Pentagon official with daily responsibility for US security policy in the Asia-Pacific region. During his tenure, Dr. Campbell worked to develop the framework for the US-Japan security initiative, deeper ties with Korea, military dialogue with the Chinese PLA, more security interaction with ASEAN as a whole, and renewed military contacts with Vietnam. Before coming to the Pentagon, he served as Director in the Democracy office at the National Security Council, Deputy Special Counselor to the President for NAFTA, and Chief of Staff (International) and White House Fellow at the Treasury Department. For his work in government, Dr. Campbell has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Public Service Medal from Secretary Cohen, Medal for Outstanding Public Service from Secretary Perry, Department of State Honor Award, Joint Service Commendation Medal and Korea’s Order of National Security Medal.

Dr. Campbell was Associate Professor of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University between 1988 and 1993. He was also the Assistant Director of the Center for Science and International Affairs and a Director of the South Africa Project at Harvard University. He was an International Affairs Fellow and is now a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a stringer for the New York Times Magazine in Southern Africa, an Olin Fellow at the Russian Research Center, a Fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, a lecturer in International Relations at Brown University, a consultant to the Rockefeller Foundation, a Distinguished Marshall Scholar, and a member of St. Cross College.

He received his B.A. in political science (minors in Physics and Music) from the University of California, San Diego, a Certificate in music (violin) and political philosophy from the University of Erevan in Soviet Armenia, and his Doctorate in International Relations from Brasenose College at Oxford University. He rowed and played rugby for Brasenose College and received his Varsity "Blue" in tennis for representing Oxford in the Cambridge match.

Dr. Campbell was formerly a Special Assistant on the Joint Chiefs of Staff and has served as a reserve naval officer in a special Chief of Naval Operations advisory unit in the Pentagon. He has also testified on numerous occasions in front of both Houses of Congress. Campbell is currently writing a book on his experiences in Asia entitled The Power of Balance. He is the author of two books, numerous scholarly articles, and many newspaper, magazine, and opinion pieces on a wide range of international subjects. In his spare time, Campbell enjoys fly fishing, scuba diving, and gardening. He is married to Lael Brainard and they have a daughter, Caelan. Together they maintain Iron Bell Run farm in Little Washington, Rappahannock County, Virginia.

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