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Richard Fontaine has been chosen as the new president of the Center for a New American Security, the think tank announced today.
“I’m honored that the board of directors has selected me as the next president of CNAS,” Fontaine told The Cable. “I am excited by the opportunity to help lead this organization at a time when its mission – to develop strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense policies – has scarcely been more important.”
Fontaine replaces John Nagl, who announced in January that his will leave the CNAS presidency to become the first Minerva Research Fellow at the U.S. Naval Academy. CNAS was founded in 2007 by Kurt Campbell, now assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, and Michèle Flournoy, the recently departed under secretary of defense for policy. Nate Fick is the CEO and former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig is chairman of the board.
Before joining CNAS, Fontaine was national security advisor to Sen. John McCain and before that he served as associate director for Near Eastern affairs on the National Security Council and in the office of former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.
“I first came to know Richard when we had opposing roles as national security advisors — him for Senator McCain and me for then-Senator Obama. I greatly respected him then and greatly admire him now. CNAS will be much enhanced by his service as its president,” Danzig said in a press release.
“Richard was a great asset to our team at State and will be a superb leader at CNAS,” said Armitage. “You will be hearing plenty from him in the future.”