The Heritage Foundation on Wednesday announced a transition of leadership in its foreign policy team that puts Kim R. Holmes, longstanding vice president for foreign and defense policy studies, in a new position as distinguished fellow, with Holmes’ deputy, James Jay Carafano, stepping into the role of vice president.

“Kim’s first project in his new position is to complete a book that unites our domestic and foreign policy ideas into a compelling new vision for America’s future,” said Heritage President Edwin J. Feulner in a statement. “It’s fusionism on a grand scale.”

“Few people bring greater clarity and historical wisdom to thorny issues” than Holmes, he added.

Holmes joined Heritage in 1985, becoming vice president in 1991, with a departure in 2001 to serve as assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs during President George W. Bush’s first term.

Carafano, a 25-year Army veteran, joined Heritage in 2003 as a homeland security and missile defense analyst. He is a columnist for the Washington Examiner and author “Wiki at War: Conflict in a Socially Networked World.”