Kristin Lord is Vice President and Director of Studies at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Prior to her position at CNAS, Dr. Lord was a Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program and Saban Center for Middle East Policy at The Brookings Institution. At Brookings, Dr. Lord directed the science and technology initiative of the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World.
Prior to joining Brookings, Kristin Lord was Associate Dean for Strategy, Research, and External Relations at The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. In that capacity, she oversaw the School's six research centers, graduate admissions, public affairs, and strategic initiatives. During her twelve year tenure at the Elliott School, she launched three master’s programs, ten certificate programs, a global network of university partnerships, the School’s skills curriculum, and numerous educational programs for students, diplomats, and mid-career professionals from the public, private, and non-profit sectors. As a member of the faculty, she also taught courses on U.S. public diplomacy, U.S. foreign policy and the causes of war.
In 2005-2006, Lord served as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow and Special Adviser to the Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs. In that role, she worked on a wide range of issues including international science and technology cooperation, international health, democracy and the rule of law, communications, and public diplomacy.
Dr. Lord is the author of Perils and Promise of Global Transparency: Why the Information Revolution May Not Lead to Security Democracy or Peace, (SUNY Press, 2006), Power and Conflict in an Age of Transparency, edited with Bernard I. Finel (Palgrave Macmillan, 2000), and numerous book chapters, policy papers, and articles. In 2009, she published the CNAS report Beyond Bullets: A Pragmatic Strategy to Combat Violent Islamist Extremism (with John A. Nagl, and Seth Rosen). In 2008, she published two Brookings reports A New Millennium of Knowledge? The Arab Human Development Report on Building a Knowledge Society, Five Years On and Voices of America: U.S. Public Diplomacy in the 21st Century. Her articles have appeared in Joint Force Quarterly, International Studies Quarterly, Science, Foreign Service Journal, National Interest on-line, The Christian Science Monitor, Kuwait Times, The National, Politico, Huffington Post, Politico, and Foreign Policy.com. She has appeared on Al-Jazeera, BBC Radio, VOA, PBS, and MSNBC.
Dr. Lord is a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution (an appointment she also held in 2007-2008) and the University of Southern California's Center for Public Diplomacy. She is a board member of the Public Diplomacy Council, a Senior Adviser to Business for Diplomatic Action, and a member of the National Council of Advisers at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. In 2006-2007, Dr. Lord served as project director of a Council on Foreign Relations study group entitled "Beyond Institutions: Building Cultural Support for the Rule of Law." She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University and her B.A., magna cum laude, in international studies from American University.
May 2010 - Lord, K. M. & Lynch, M. America’s Extended Hand: Assessing the Obama Administration’s Global Engagement Strategy. The Center for a New American Security.
January 2010 - Engaging the Private Sector for the Public Good: The Power of Network Diplomacy [PDF]. Center for a New American Security.
January 2010 - Public Engagement 101: What Strategic Communication Is, Isn't, and Should Be [PDF]. Joint Force Quarterly, Issue 56, p. 6-9.
June 2009 - Lord, K. M., Nagl, J. A., & Rosen, S. Beyond Bullets: A Pragmatic Strategy to Combat Violent Islamist Extremism. [PDF] Center for a New American Security.
February 2009 - The Arab World's (Uneven) Progress. The Christian Science Monitor.
August 2008 - Public Diplomacy and the New Transatlantic Agenda. The Brookings Institution.
In The News:
March 26, 2009 - CPD Fellow Kristen Lord's article, co-written with Stephen Grand, entitled To Rebuild U.S.-Muslim World Relations, Obama Is Not Enough was published in the Huffington Post.