Ellen Laipson

Distinguished Fellow and President Emeritus
  • Middle East

Ellen Laipson served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Stimson from 2002 to October 2015; she now is President Emeritus and Distinguished Fellow. She joined Stimson after 25 years of government service. Her last post was Vice Chair of the National Intelligence Council (1997-2002). She also served on the State Department's policy planning staff, the National Security Council staff, and the Congressional Research Service.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the Advisory Councils of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.  She served on the board of the Asia Foundation (2003-2015).  She was a member of President Obama's Intelligence Advisory Board from 2009-2013, and on the Secretary of State's Foreign Affairs Policy Board 2011-2014. Laipson has an M.A. from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University and an AB from Cornell University.


Selected Publications

Pragmatism Versus ‘Big Think' in Democrats' Foreign Policy Priorities (World Politics Review, October 20, 2015)

Tunisia Quartet's Nobel Peace Prize Sends Two Messages (World Politics Review, October 13, 2015)

Why our demand for instant results hurts think tanks (Washington Post, October 9, 2015)

U.N. at 70: Caught Between Accomplishments and Shortcomings (World Politics Review, September 29, 2015)

Pope's Visit Underscores Religion's Prominence in Global Affairs (World Politics Review, September 22, 2015)

Buyer Beware: The Pitfalls of an Economics-Driven U.S. Foreign Policy (World Politics Review, September 15, 2015)

With Iran Deal Secured, Implementation Becomes Next Battleground (World Politics Review, September 8, 2015)

Gulf States' Inaction Heightens Europe's Migrant Crisis (World Politics Review, September 1, 2015)

Iraq's Future Is About Much More Than the Islamic State (World Politics Review, August 25, 2015)

As Intelligence Evolves, Is the U.S. Getting Smarter About It? (World Politics Review, August 18, 2015)

What the 'Japan Option' Tells Us About Iran's Nuclear Prospects (World Politics Review, August 11, 2015)

Iran Deal Debate Highlights Think Tanks' Role in U.S. Policy (World Politics Review, July 28, 2015)

For 21st-Century Problems, States Seek Partnerships, not Alliances (World Politics Review, July 15, 2015)

Aligning Justice and Security Interventions to Revamp the UN (World Politics Review, June 23, 2015)

Iran Talks Lurch On, but All Eyes Already on 'Day After the Deal' (World Politics Review, June 11, 2015)

The Rashomon Effect: The U.S.-Gulf Relations After Camp David Summit (World Politics Review, May 28, 2015)

Tunisian president brings a message of hope from North Africa (The Hill, May 20, 2015)

Not the Usual Suspects: No East Answers for EU Migrant Crisis (World Politics Review, May 15, 2015)

Beyond the Iran Deal: Imagining the Regional Security Implications (The National Interest, April 21, 2015)

Revisiting Marshall: Hope for Private Sector Growth in the Middle East (Brink, March 3, 2015)

Revisiting Marshall: Private Sector Development in the Middle East (Stimson Center, March 3, 2015)

Abdullah's Real Legacy: Saudi Arabia's Days of Quiet Change (Foreign Affairs, January 26, 2015)

The Marshall Plan still resonates in the Arab world (The Hill, November 20, 2014)

Tunisia's Path to a New Order (Fikra Forum, November 4, 2014)

Tunisia's Democratic Growing Pains (Fikra Forum, October 23, 2014)

The UAE and Egypt’s New Frontier in Libya (The National Interest, September 3, 2014)

Iraq and Afghanistan - any silver linings in our playbook? (The Hill, July 18, 2014)

Geography Matters - Stimson's Regional Security Programs (Stimson Center, July 13 2014)

Mr. Jomaa Goes To Washington: A Breath Of Fresh Air From Tunisia's ‘Arab Spring' Revolution (co-author, International Business Times, April 4, 2014)

The President and King Abdullah talk regional security (Stimson Center, April 1, 2014)

Measuring US Impact and Influence in Iraq (Stimson Center, February 28, 2014)

Saudi-US friendship under pressure (CNN, November, 7, 2013)

More questions than answers about Afghan future (CNN, October 14, 2013)

Syria And Iran: The U.N. Proves Its Worth To The U.S. (International Business Times, October 10, 2013)

Picture Perfect: The Economic Integration of North Africa (Outpost, June 24, 2013)

Seismic Shift: Understanding Change in the Middle East (project director, May 2011)

The Future of US-Iraq Relations (Stimson Center, April 2010)

On the Move: Migration Challenges in the Indian Ocean Littoral (coeditor, Stimson, 2010)

America and the Emerging Iraqi Reality: New Goals, No Illusions (The Century Foundation, 2008)

Prospects for Middle East Security-Sector Reform (Survival, 2007)

Iraq and America: Choices and Consequences (coeditor, Stimson, July 2006)

Iraqi Kurds and Iraq's Future (coauthor, Middle East Policy, 2006)

Improving the Interagency Process to Face 21st Century Security Challenges (2005)

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