Richard K. Betts, Council on Foreign Relations

National Security Studies Professor, Columbia University Senior Fellow New York City, New York rkb4@columbia.edu Office: (212) 854-7325

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Bio/Research

Richard Betts is an adjunct senior fellow for national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). At Columbia University, Dr. Betts is the Arnold A. Saltzman professor of war and peace studies in the political science department, director of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peac...

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Bio/Research

Richard Betts is an adjunct senior fellow for national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). At Columbia University, Dr. Betts is the Arnold A. Saltzman professor of war and peace studies in the political science department, director of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, and director of the international security policy program in the School of International and Public Affairs. His areas of expertise include international conflict, U.S. defense policy, military strategy, political and military intelligence, and terrorism.

Previously, Dr. Betts was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution until 1990 and adjunct lecturer at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. He has also served at different times on the Harvard faculty as lecturer in government and as visiting professor of government. A former staff member of the original Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (the Church Committee), the National Security Council, and the Mondale Presidential Campaign, Dr. Betts has been an occasional consultant to the National Intelligence Council and Central Intelligence Agency, served for six years on the National Security Advisory Panel for the Director of Central Intelligence, and was a member of the National Commission on Terrorism (the Bremer Commission). He lectures frequently at schools such as the National War College, Foreign Service Institute, and U.S. Military Academy. He was honorably discharged as a second lieutenant from the U.S. Army in 1971.


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