The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has announced that Middle East expert Jon B. Alterman has been named the Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy.  

“Jon has established a record at CSIS of scholarly excellence and intellectual rigor, combined with true policy insight,” said Zbigniew K. Brzezinski, CSIS Counselor and Trustee, in a statement. “He not only has a deep and subtle understanding of the Middle East, but he has demonstrated a keen ability to link that knowledge to strategy and to the hard choices of policymaking.”

“As we struggled over the last year to understand how events in the Middle East would unfold and what they would mean for the rest of the world, Jon has been a real thought leader for us at CSIS and in the broader policy community,” said John J. Hamre, CSIS president and CEO.

Prior to joining CSIS, Alterman served as a member of the Policy Planning Staff at the State Department and as a special assistant to the assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs.

Before entering government, he was a scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace and at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Alterman will continue to direct CSIS’s Middle East Program, which he has led since 2002. 

CSIS established the Brzezinski Chair in 2003 “to advance understanding in the fields of geostrategy, international security, and global politics,” according to the CSIS Web site. The Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy is supported by the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation.

Simon Serfaty was the first holder of the Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy from 2003 to 2011.