Richard A. Clarke served for thirty years in US government national security agencies, including the Pentagon, the State Department, and the White House National Security Council. In the Reagan administration, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence. In the Bush (41) Administration, he was Assistant Secretary of State for Politico-Military Affairs.

During an unprecedented ten consecutive years with the NSC, Mr. Clarke served as Special Assistant to the President for Global Affairs, Senior Director for Transnational Threats, National Coordinator for Counter-terrorism, and Special Advisor to the President for Cyber Security.

Since leaving government, he has taught five years at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, served as an on air consultant for ABC News for nine years, and managed Good Harbor Consulting for a decade. He has published numerous books and novels, including Pinnacle Event (St. Martin's Press, 2015) and the New York Times #1 best seller, Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror.

Mr. Clarke stepped down as chairman of MEI's Board of Governors in May 2023 after serving in that role for more than 10 years. He also serves on other boards, including Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi and several US information technology security companies.

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