Activities: 2005: Bio: Fingar

January 27, 2005

Assistant Secretary Thomas Fingar
Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR)
U.S. Department of State

TOPIC:  Intelligence Reform:  Why We Need It

Dr. Thomas Fingar became Assistant Secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) on July 23, 2004. He serves as principal adviser to the Secretary on intelligence-related issues, supervises analytical work on every country and region as well as transnational challenges such as terrorism and proliferation, ensures that activities undertaken by the Intelligence Community support the President’s foreign policy, and contributes to coordinated intelligence judgments as a member of the National Foreign Intelligence Board.

Previous assignments in the Department include serving as Acting Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research (2003-2004 and 2000-2001), Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (2001-2003), Deputy Assistant Secretary for Analysis (1994-2000), Director of the Office of Analysis for East Asia and the Pacific (1989-1994), and Chief of the China Division (1986-1989). Dr. Fingar was a member of the Senior Seminar during 1992-1993.

Between 1975 and 1986 he held a number of positions at Stanford University, including Senior Research Associate in the Center for International Security and Arms Control, and Director of the University’s U.S.-China Relations Program. Other previous positions include assignment to the National Academy of Sciences as Co-Director of the US-China Education Clearinghouse, adviser to the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and consultant to numerous U.S. Government agencies and private sector organizations. He served as a German linguist and intelligence analyst in the U.S. Army, 1969-72.

Dr. Fingar is a graduate of Cornell University (A.B. in Government and History, 1968), and Stanford University (M.A., 1969 and Ph.D., 1977 both in Political Science). He is a career member of the Senior Executive Service. His principal foreign languages are Chinese and German. Dr. Fingar has published dozens of books and articles, mostly on aspects of Chinese politics and policymaking.

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