Lewis Libby
Middle East, National Security, Asia, Defense

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Lewis Libby is Senior Vice President of the Hudson Institute. He focuses on national security and defense issues, including national security strategy, homeland security, Asia and the Middle East. He publishes extensively and has conducted numerous studies for the Department of Defense on both current challenges and historic strategies.

Public Service.  From 2001 to 2005, Libby served as Chief of Staff to Vice President Richard B. Cheney, Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs, and Assistant to the President. He served as a member of the NSC Principals Committee.

From 1998-99, Libby was the Legal Advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Select Committee on U.S. National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the Peoples’ Republic of China, commonly known as the “Cox Committee.” The Committee issued a unanimous, bipartisan, multi-volume report in 1999.

From 1989 to 1993, Libby served in the United States Department of Defense as Principal Deputy Under Secretary (Strategy and Resources), and later was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.  In 1993, Libby was awarded the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Award and the Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award.

Libby first entered government service with the Department of State in 1981 as a member of the Policy Planning Staff in the Office of the Secretary. From 1982 to 1985 he served in the Department of State as Director of Special Projects in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. During these years he had extensive experience with U.S. national security issues relating to Asia.  He received the Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Award for Public Service in 1985.

Private Practice of Law.  Prior to joining the George W. Bush administration and leaving the private practice of law, Libby served as the Managing Partner of the Washington office of the international law firm Dechert. He was a member of the firm’s litigation department and chaired the Washington office’s Public Policy Practice Group. He also served as the Managing Partner of the Washington Office of the law firm, Mudge, Rose, Guthrie, Alexander & Ferdon, where his practice included public policy matters.  His practice often involved international disputes and governmental matters.

Education & Publications. A magna cum laude graduate of Yale University, Libby focused on political science and economics, and received the Robert D. French Award for leadership and scholarship. He graduated Columbia University Law School, where he was twice a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.  Mr. Libby’s novel, The Apprentice, was published by Gray Wolf Press (1996) and St. Martin’s Press (1998, 2001).