Dr. Gary Samore Named Senior Executive Director

Gary Samore

August 1 - The Crown Center for Middle East Studies is delighted to announce that Dr. Gary Samore will be the Senior Executive Director of the Center and Professor of the Practice in Politics at Brandeis University beginning September 1. Gary currently serves as Executive Director for Research at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He was a National Science Foundation fellow at Harvard University, where he received his PhD in Government in 1984.

Gary's world class reputation as an expert on U.S. foreign and defense policies with more than 25 years of experience will enrich the Crown Center's new projects and broaden its reach. Gary has served in the highest echelons of the U.S. government, most recently for four years as President Obama’s White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), and as U.S. Sherpa for the 2010 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC and the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, Korea.

"Gary's service in the U.S. government, acclaimed think tanks, and influential philanthropic foundations will significantly enhance the leadership of the Crown Center. He will also be an extraordinary resource for the larger Brandeis community," said Shai Feldman, the Judith and Sidney Swartz Director of the Crown Center. "He will teach courses on the theory and practice of foreign policy and provide students a unique opportunity to learn from his rich knowledge of the inner workings of the U.S. government."

Upon accepting his new appointment to a senior position at Brandeis, Gary said, "In these volatile times, the study and practice of foreign policy is more critical than ever. I'm honored to have this opportunity to help direct the vital work of the Crown Center. As Professor of Practice, I'm excited to share my experience in government and help educate the next generation of leaders from Brandeis University."