Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr.

Chairman Emeritus, Board of Directors and Distinguished Fellow

Ambassador Lincoln P. Bloomfield is a Distinguished Fellow and Chairman Emeritus at the Stimson Center. He has served as a national security official in the administrations of Presidents Reagan, G.H.W. Bush and G.W. Bush. Amb. Bloomfield was appointed by President Bush to be the U.S. Special Envoy for MANPADS Threat Reduction from 2008-09 with the rank of Ambassador. From 2001-2005 he was U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs, also serving as Special Representative of the President and Secretary of State for Humanitarian Mine Action. He previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs (1992-93), Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs (1991-02), and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (1988-89). Amb. Bloomfield founded Palmer Coates LLC in 2005. His education and professional career have centered on international affairs, including foreign policy and defense. A graduate of Harvard College (a.b. cum laude, 1974) and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (M.A.L.D., 1980) where he was Director of The Fletcher Forum, the school’s foreign affairs journal. 

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In Search of a Syria Policy

  As US forces carry out President Trump’s order to withdraw from positions in northeastern Syria where a Turkish military intervention is now underway, Congress is considering legislation to assert its own policy views.  Fast-breaking news r…

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Pentagon is watching Russia very closely, expert says

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Lincoln Bloomfied Quoted on Possibility of Trump-Kim Meeting

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Lincoln Bloomfield Quoted on Iran Nuclear Deal

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Lincoln Bloomfield Quoted on Improving the Iran Deal

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Lincoln Bloomfield Op-Ed on Trump’s Iran Strategy

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Lincoln Bloomfield Interviewed on Trump visit to Asia

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A Strategy for the Age of Trump

By Lincoln P. Bloomfield Jr. and Tom Harvey Already the Trump presidency has delivered big-time on one promise: it has shaken up the status quo. Like the Trump candidacy that had vilified the competence and performance of establishment practitioners in…

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Lincoln Bloomfield Op-ed on U.S. Defense Strategy in the Age of Trump

ALREADY THE Trump presidency has delivered big-time on one promise: it has shaken up the status quo. Like the Trump candidacy that had vilified the competence and performance of establishment practitioners in both major parties en route to a victory th…

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What’s at Stake in Iran’s Presidential Election

By ​Lincoln P. Bloomfield Jr. U.S.-based Iran-watchers have explored potential outcomes in tomorrow’s presidential election in Iran and their near-term impacts on the nuclear agreement, relations with the U.S., and economics and politics within Iran….

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Lincoln Bloomfield quoted in The Christian Science Monitor on Russian Disinformation

MARCH 24, 2017 —This fall, a few weeks after Donald Trump won the election, news surfaced on Russian websites that the newly elected president lashed out at the leaders of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia, telling them to “shut up” and slammed…

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Could Trump Be a Post-Partisan Unifier?

By Lincoln P. Bloomfield Jr. President-elect Donald Trump perturbed American politics with his persistent taunt that the nation’s affairs were being mismanaged, with adverse consequences for U.S. interests. It was easy for some to take exception,…

Policy Paper
America and the World – 2017 and Beyond

Lecture by Lincoln Bloomfield Jr. at the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, Brigham Young University on November 2, 2016.

Commentary
What Washington Doesn’t Get about Iran

By Lincoln P. Bloomfield Jr. and Ramesh Sepehrrad: Obscured by the drama of America’s presidential campaign, one major foreign policy issue—the future direction of the U.S. approach to Iran—is at a crossroads. President Obama stood before world leaders…

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Of iPhones, Backdoors, and Totalitarians

By Lincoln P. Bloomfield, Jr.:  Having spent half my career as an appointed national security official in the past five Republican administrations, I appreciate and respect FBI Director James Comey and his organization. Having spent the other…

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Building Afghan Security Requires A Long-Term U.S. Commitment

By Amb. Lincoln Bloomfield Jr. and Oleg Svet:  Gen. John Campbell, America’s top military officer in Afghanistan, would prefer to delay the planned 2017 drawdown of U.S. forces there. That’s a good thing. Presently 9,800 U.S.tr…