Brian Katz is a visiting fellow in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and a Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) International Affairs Fellow in Washington, D.C. Mr. Katz is a career civil servant in the national security field, serving in a variety of positions across the policy and intelligence communities. From 2016 to 2017, he served as country director for Syria in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) where he provided policy and strategy advice to senior Defense officials on the Syrian conflict and U.S. military and counterterrorism efforts against the Islamic State and Al Qaeda. Prior to OSD, Mr. Katz served for six years in the U.S. Intelligence community as a military analyst for Eastern Europe, South Asia, and the Levant, including multiple overseas tours. He is also an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, currently serving with U.S. European Command.
Mr. Katz holds a B.A. in economics and history from Duke University and an M.A. in international relations and strategic studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Brian is a previous Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Next Generation National Security Fellow, and a recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service and two National Intelligence Medals.