Amy Zegart

Davies Family Senior Fellow
Biography: 

Amy Zegart is the Davies Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. She is also co-director and senior fellow at Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation and is a professor of political science (by courtesy). 

Before coming to Stanford in 2011, Zegart served as professor of public policy at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs and as a fellow at the Burkle Center for International Relations. Her research examines the organization of American national security agencies and their effectiveness. She is the author of two award-winning books. Flawed by Design, which chronicles the development of the Central Intelligence Agency, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and National Security Council, won the highest national dissertation award in political science. Spying Blind, which examines why American intelligence agencies failed to adapt to the terrorist threat before 9/11, won the National Academy of Public Administration’s Brownlow Book Award. She has also published in International Security, Political Science Quarterly, and other leading academic journals. She serves on the editorial boards of Terrorism and Political Violence and Intelligence and National Security. Her most recent book is Eyes on Spies: Congress and the United States Intelligence Community.

Zegart was featured by the National Journal as one of the ten most influential experts in intelligence reform. She served on the Clinton administration's National Security Council staff and as a foreign policy adviser to the Bush-Cheney 2000 presidential campaign. She has testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee, provided training to the Marine Corps, and advised officials on intelligence and homeland security matters. From 2009 to 2011 she served on the National Academies of Science Panel to Improve Intelligence Analysis. Her commentary has been featured on national television and radio shows and in the New York TimesWashington Post, and Los Angeles Times.

Before her academic career, Zegart spent three years at McKinsey & Company advising Fortune 100 companies about strategy and organizational effectiveness.

A former Fulbright scholar, Zegart received an AB in East Asian studies magna cum laude from Harvard University and an MA and PhD in political science from Stanford University. She served on the FBI Intelligence Analysts Association National Advisory Board and the Los Angeles Police Department’s Counter-terrorism and Community Police Advisory Board. She also served on the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board Task Force on Nuclear Nonproliferation and is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She was appointed to the board of directors of Kratos Defense and Security Solutions in September 2014.

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Reining In Trump’s Reckless Foreign Policy

by Amy Zegartvia San Francisco Chronicle
Friday, November 18, 2016

Donald Trump’s stunning win has made many wonder: Just how dangerous could a Trump foreign policy be? There are plenty of reasons to be afraid, very afraid.

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Vladimir Putin Is Trying To Hack The Election. What Should US Do?

by Amy Zegartvia CNN
Sunday, October 23, 2016

Next month, America will elect a new president. Most likely there will be no cyber hanging-chad moment, no massive breach that calls into question election results or faith in the democratic process.

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“The President’s National Security Inbox”

by Amy Zegartvia Medium
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

David Kennedy asked me to frame the discussion tonight by imagining what should be in the next president’s in-box the day after inauguration. I was immediately reminded of my friend, Al Carnesale, a nuclear engineer and Chancellor Emeritus at UCLA.

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Software Meets Soft Power

by Amy Zegartvia Hoover Digest
Monday, July 11, 2016

After the clash between Apple and the FBI, a question: what if forcing a company to yield its secrets strengthens one kind of security but damages another?

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Three Principles, Three Challenges

by Stephen D. Krasner, Amy Zegartvia Hoover Digest
Monday, July 11, 2016

How to focus on what really matters: American interests.

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Lessons From Fort Hood And Asking The Right Questions In Orlando

by Amy Zegartvia Lawfare
Thursday, June 16, 2016

It is still the early days following the events of Orlando. It is possible that, as facts emerge, it will be clear that there was nothing more the FBI could have done to prevent the attack. However, there are lessons to be learned on from the 2009 attack in Fort Hood regarding which questions we should be asking.

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Policymakers Are From Mars, Tech Company Engineers Are From Venus

by Amy Zegartmentioning Herbert Linvia Lawfare
Monday, June 6, 2016

This week, Herb Lin and I are giving a joint talk about the suit-hoodie divide, and whether relations between Washington and Silicon Valley are getting worse (I think the answer is yes). Part of the problem stems from conflicting interests and serious differences of opinion about policy.

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Pragmatic Engagement

by Stephen D. Krasner, Amy Zegartvia The American Interest
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A national security strategy for the next President.

Pragmatic Engagement Amidst Global Uncertainty: Three Major Challenges, a national security strategy written by the Hoover Institution’s Working Group on Foreign Policy and Grand Strategy.

Pragmatic Engagement Amidst Global Uncertainty: Three Major Challenges

by Benjamin Wittes, Amy Zegartvia Lawfare
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Benjamin Wittes interviews Amy Zegart and Stephen Krasner on Pragmatic Engagement Amidst Global Uncertainty.

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The Security Debate We Need To Have

by Amy Zegartvia Lawfare
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The escalating war of words between Apple and the FBI is widely seen as a “security vs. privacy” dilemma. But it’s much more than that. This is also fundamentally a security vs. security dilemma. 

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