Alton Frye

Board of Directors, Emeritus

Dr. Alton Frye is the first presidential senior fellow
emeritus at the Council on Foreign Relations. In more than 30 years at the
Council, he has served in many roles including president, senior vice president
and national director. He founded both the Council’s Washington program and its
national program, leading the organization’s development into a national

Previously, Frye was a charter fellow at the Woodrow Wilson
International Center for Scholars, a U.S. Senate staff director, and a Rand Corporation
strategic analyst. He has been a visiting faculty member at Yale University,
Harvard University, the University of California at Los Angeles, and the University
of Southern California.

Frye is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of St. Louis University,
and he received his PhD from Yale University, where he has served as a Stimson
senior fellow.

The author of numerous books and articles, Frye’s
contributions to national security policy include the strategic build-down
concept and design of a possible Zero-Ballistic-Missile regime (winner of the
1993 Olive Branch Award of the Center for War, Peace and the News Media). His
service to contemporary legislative-executive relations has been recognized by
his election to the National Academy of Public Administration.


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