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Top White House Official Moving to the Council on Foreign Relations

Philip Gordon, who worked for President Barack Obama and President Bill Clinton, is now a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.


Philip Gordon, a veteran member of the Obama administration who has worked at the highest rungs of the White House on the most pressing foreign policy issues of the day, is joining the Council on Foreign Relations as a senior fellow.

Gordon most recently served as White House coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf region, a position he’s held since 2013. The White House announced on March 6 that he’d be leaving that job and replaced by Rob Malley, currently the National Security Council’s senior director for Iran, Iraq, Syria, and the Gulf States.

Before leaving the White House, Gordon worked on issues ranging from Iran nuclear negotiations to Iraqi security to the stalled Middle East peace process. He also served as assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from 2009 to 2013 and as director for European affairs at the NSC from 1998 to 1999 under President Bill Clinton. Gordon has also held positions at various think tanks in Washington and overseas.

At CFR, Gordon’s work will focus on U.S. policy toward the Middle East and Europe.

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David Francis was a senior reporter for Foreign Policy, where he covered international finance. @davidcfrancis

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