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James C. Clad is Distinguished Research Fellow at the National Defense University where he mentors defense and security officials from the Maghreb to the Near East, Turkey, the Gulf and South Asia. From 2007-09 he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, with responsibility for South and Southeast Asia, and for Australasia. He received the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Public Service Award in 2009.

Prior to this appointment, Professor Clad was Senior Counselor/Director for Middle Eastern Affairs for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and, before that, served briefly as Senior Counselor/Policy and Donor Coordination, US Agency for International Development (USAID). Before entering the US Government in 2002, Prof. Clad held the Henry Luce Foundation Professorship in South and Southeast Asian Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and, concurrently, was Director/Asia-Pacific Energy for Cambridge Energy Research Associates. Trained as a New Zealand lawyer, Prof. Clad’s career has concentrated on Asian risk issues, cross-border energy and infrastructure projects, US national security challenges in Asia and, after 2002, on working with business families in the Middle East.

Before the 1990s, Prof. Clad was a senior correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and during the 1980s served in diplomatic postings in Asia for the New Zealand foreign ministry. He has held fellowships at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University; at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC; and at Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs.