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Heather Conley


Sol M. Linowitz Professor of International Affairs

Heather Conley joins Hamilton in the spring 2022 semester as the Sol M. Linowitz Professor of International Affairs, focusing on the centrality of allies and alliances to U.S. national security from the Second World War to the present. Conley is senior vice president for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic and director of the Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a non-partisan think-tank in Washington D.C.

Prior to joining CSIS in 2009, Conley served as executive director of the Office of the Chairman of the Board at the American National Red Cross. Previously she held positions as deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs and with an international consulting firm led by former U.S. deputy secretary of state Richard L. Armitage.

Conley began her career in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs at the State Department. She is frequently featured as a foreign policy analyst on CNN, MSNBC, BBC, NPR, and PBS, among other prominent media outlets.

She received her B.A. in international studies from West Virginia Wesleyan College and her M.A. in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Appointed to the Faculty: 2021

Educational Background

M.A., The Johns Hopkins University
B.A., West Virginia Wesleyan College

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