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Ellen Laipson

Ellen Laipson is the director of the International Security program at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. She joined GMU from the Stimson Center, where she was president and CEO (2002-2015) and continues as president emeritus and distinguished fellow. Her tenure at Stimson followed a quarter century of government service. She serves on a number of academic and other non-governmental boards related to international security and diplomacy, and is a weekly columnist for worldpoliticsreview.com. Her last post in government was vice chair of the National Intelligence Council (1997-2002). She also worked on the State Department’s policy planning staff, the National Security Council staff and the Congressional Research Service. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, she currently serves on the advisory councils of the International Institute of Strategic Studies, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy and the Notre Dame International Security Center, and on the board of the Diplomacy Center Foundation. From 2003 to 2015, she was a member of the board of the Asia Foundation. She was a member of the CIA External Advisory Panel from 2006-2009, 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 MA from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University and an AB from Cornell University.

Articles By Ellen Laipson

Israel’s Pivot to Asia: Will it Affect US-Israeli relations? By Ellen Laipson - Jun 19, 2019

The conventional truth that US-Israeli relations are solid, sustainable and largely impervious to American partisan differences is mostly correct. But it’s worth considering whether some important shifts in Israeli foreign-policy priorities will have an impact on the bonds between Tel Aviv and Washington. Over time, Israel’s leaders may find ties to major Asian countries at … Continue reading “Israel’s Pivot to Asia: Will it Affect US-Israeli relations?”

Israel’s Foreign Policy in Netanyahu’s Fifth Term: Continuity and New Challenges By Ellen Laipson - May 14, 2019

As Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, completes the government formation process in the coming weeks, foreign policy may not be on his mind. But the region’s enduring conflicts and geopolitical shifts will require some attention from Netanyahu and could lead to some adjustments in Israeli positions. Which coalition partner gets the foreign ministry won’t really … Continue reading “Israel’s Foreign Policy in Netanyahu’s Fifth Term: Continuity and New Challenges”