Former White House Asia expert joins CSIS

The Center for Strategic and International Studies has announced that Matthew Goodman, former White House coordinator for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the East Asia Summit (EAS), has joined CSIS as the William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy.

Goodman will lead the Center’s work on global growth and economic governance, with a particular focus on the dynamic Asia-Pacific region and will direct a new Project on Global Economic Policy.

Goodman’s move to CSIS marks another recent landing of the Obama administration’s Asia team at a think tank.

Goodman takes over for Sidney Weintraub who has been named Simon Chair Emeritus by the CSIS board of trustees.

“In assuming the Simon Chair at CSIS, I realize I’m filling very large shoes,” said Goodman in a statement. “I look forward to building on the many contributions of Sidney Weintraub to making CSIS the premier think-tank on international economic policy.”

Before his role in the White House, Goodman served as director for international economics on the National Security Council staff, responsible for the G-20, G-8, and other international economic forums. He was also senior adviser to the under secretary for economic growth, energy, and the environment at the U.S. Department of State.

From 2002 to 2004, he served at the White House as director for Asian economic affairs on the staff of the National Security Council. From 1988 to 1997, he worked as an international economist at the U.S. Treasury Department.

Goodman’s private sector experience includes five years at Albright Stonebridge Group and Goldman, Sachs & Co, both of which drew on his Asia expertise.

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He blogs and hosts a podcast at governmentality.net and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.

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