Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy

Jon Alterman and Zbigniew K. Brzezinski

Advancing understanding in geostrategy, international security, and global politics.

Dr. Jon B. Alterman currently holds the Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy. CSIS established the Brzezinski Chair in July 2003 to advance understanding in the fields of geostrategy, international security, and global politics. Reflecting Zbigniew Brzezinski's personal achievements during a long career that has included public service, teaching, and writing, the chair is awarded to a leading scholar-practitioner in global affairs and international strategy.

Much of Alterman’s scholarship has been grounded in his experience studying the Middle East, yet in recent years he has done an increasing amount of work linking his Middle East expertise to global issues. His earlier work on China, the United States and the Middle East, for example, anticipated the growing Middle Eastern energy trade with Asia and the increasing importance of the region to Chinese economic, political, and military strategy. Alterman holds the Brzezinski Chair concurrent with his continued role as director of the Middle East Program. Under Alterman’s leadership, the chair will hold a series of events that seek to generate strategic insights rooted in an understanding of the subtleties and distinctions of regions and sub-regions of the world.

The activities of the Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy are made possible by generous support from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation.