Lewis “Scooter” Libby is a distinguished fellow at FDD, where he focuses on a wide range of issues to include U.S. national security strategy, defense policy, the future of the Middle East and Asia, and the threats to democracy posed by Iran, Russia, China, and North Korea. He previously served as a distinguished fellow and senior vice president at the Hudson Institute.

Scooter has held multiple high-level positions in the federal government. Over the course of five years during the George W. Bush administration, he served as the chief of staff to Vice President Richard B. Cheney, assistant to the vice president for national security affairs, and assistant to the president. In addition, his distinguished government service includes nearly a decade with the U.S. Departments of State and Defense during the Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations, during which he was confirmed by the Senate to serve as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. His career has included work in international law at the firms Dechert and Mudge, Rose, Guthrie, Alexander & Ferdon, as well as serving as legal advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Select Committee on U.S. National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the People’s Republic of China.

His notable publications and lectures on strategy, national security and homeland defense range from “Twilight of the Arabs: The Contest for Leadership in the Muslim World” (with Hillel Fradkin), Weekly Standard, 2010, to recent works on COVID-19, China, Russia, and the war in Ukraine. He was the executive editor of Conduct of the Persian Gulf War in 1992 and played a leading role in the creation of the 1993 Regional Defense Strategy. His novel, The Apprentice, is set in Japan in 1903 and was published by Graywolf Press, 1996, and St. Martin’s Press, 2001, 2005.

Scooter graduated magna cum laude from Yale University before attaining his Juris Doctorate as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar at Columbia University Law School.

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