SFS Professor Colin Kahl Named Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President

Colin Kahl, associate professor in the Security Studies program at the School of Foreign Service, has been tapped to serve as National Security Advisor to Vice President Biden, as well as Deputy Assistant to the President.

“We are enormously proud, when Colin, like several of his faculty colleagues, are tapped for service to the nation.  I’m sure he will make an important contribution and will return to our faculty even better equipped to teach and conduct research in the field of international security,” Interim Dean Jim Reardon-Anderson said.

Dr. Kahl, also a senior fellow and director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, has taught about international security and Iranian nuclearization at the School of Foreign Service.

From February 2009 to December 2011, Kahl served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East. In that position, he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service in June 2011. Kahl served at the Pentagon from 2005-2006, where he was a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs fellow in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Stability Operations. He has published widely on Middle East policy, as well as the causes and responses to civil and ethnic conflict.

Dr. Kahl graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in political science. He earned a Ph.D in political science at Columbia University.