28 June 2016
Richard Fontaine, president of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), has been appointed as the first Alliance 21 Fellow and will take up residency at the United States Studies Centre (USSC) at the University of Sydney and the Perth USAsia Centre at the University of Western Australia next month.
A leading US foreign policy expert who served as senior advisor to 2008 presidential candidate and Republican Senator John McCain, Fontaine has worked at the State Department, National Security Council, and the US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee.
The fellowship was established by the Perth USAsia Centre, the USSC, and the US State Department to foster policy-oriented learning between the United States and Australia.
“The Alliance 21 fellowships connect practitioners and scholars in Australia and the United States, helping them develop expertise and ideas that will inform future thinking about the relationship between the two countries,” USSC CEO Simon Jackman said.
Fontaine has been the president of CNAS since 2012, having served as a senior fellow there since 2009. Prior to this, he served as foreign policy advisor to Senator John McCain, including during his 2008 Presidential campaign.
He has also served as associate director for Near Eastern Affairs at the National Security Council and worked in the Council’s Asian Affairs directorate covering Southeast Asian issues.
Adjunct associate professor and USSC research director James Brown said Fontaine’s wealth of experience would be invaluable to Alliance 21 research program.
“Richard Fontaine is a highly respected American thinker driving debate in Washington on the future of US foreign policy,” he said. “We will be working with him to shape a policy agenda on Australia and the US rebalance for the next US President's administration.”
Fontaine will be based at the USSC and USAC in July and August 2016. Read his full bio on the CNAS website.