Richard Fontaine



Richard Fontaine is the President of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Richard served as a Senior Advisor and Senior Fellow at CNAS from 2009-2012 and previously as foreign policy advisor to Senator John McCain for more than five years. He has also worked at the State Department, the National Security Council and on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Richard served as foreign policy advisor to the McCain 2008 presidential campaign and, following the election, as the minority deputy staff director on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Prior to this, he served as associate director for Near Eastern affairs at the National Security Council (NSC) from 2003-04. Richard also worked in the NSCís Asian Affairs directorate, where he covered Southeast Asian issues.

During his time at the State Department, Richard worked in the office of former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and in the departmentís South Asia bureau, working on issues related to India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. He began his foreign policy career as a staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, focusing on the Middle East and South Asia. Richard also spent a year teaching English in Japan.

A native of New Orleans, Richard gred summa cum laude with a B.A. in International Relations from Tulane University. He also holds a M.A. in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, and Richard attended Oxford University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has been an adjunct professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown Universityís School of Foreign Service. Richard also served as the chairman of the World Economic Forumís Global Agenda Council on the United States.

Richard lives in Falls Church, Va., with his wife and four children.

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