Christopher A. Kojm

Professor of International Affairs
605N Elliott School of International Affairs
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security Policy; extensive career experience in the Legislative and Executive branches, and in the Intelligence Community

Christopher A. Kojm serves as the Director of the Elliott School's Leadership, Ethics and Practice Initiative. He re-joined the School as a Professor of Practice in International Affairs after serving as Chairman of the National Intelligence Council from 2009 to 2014. He is also the Director of the US Foreign Policy Summer Program and served previously as director of the mid-career Master's in International Policy and Practice program. He taught previously at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School.

In government, Chris served as a staffer on the House Foreign Affairs Committee from 1984-98 under Rep. Lee H. Hamilton, as a deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (1998-2003), and as deputy director of the 9/11 Commission (2003-04). He was also president of the 9/11 Public Discourse Project, the Commission’s follow-on public education organization (2004-05). He also served as a Senior Advisor to the Iraq Study Group (2006).

He received a master’s degree in Public Affairs from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School.


M.P.A., Princeton University


Kojm, Christopher, “A Recent NIC Chairman’s Perspective—Change and Continuity: The National Intelligence Council, 2009–2014,” Studies in Intelligence, Volume 59, No. 2, June 2015, 12pp.

Kojm, Christopher A., “Global Change and Megatrends: Implications for Intelligence and Its Oversight,” Chapter 4 in forthcoming Global Intelligence Oversight, ed. by Zachary Goldman (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016).

Christopher Kojm (Panel Member). "Report of the Analysis Independent Review (AIR) Panel: The Performance of the Analytic Components of the Intelligence Community in Customer Support," John A. Kringen, Chair, AIR Panel, October 2015, 29 pp.

Kojm, Christopher A, “Security Checks Need a 21st Century Upgrade: Washington’s Security Clearance System is a Relic of the Cold War,” Wall Street Journal, September 17, 2015.

Classes Taught

IAFF 2190W The Evolution of Modern Terrorism and Counterterrorism

IAFF 6118 Leadership in International Affairs

IAFF 6503 Writing for International Policymakers

IAFF 6898 Capstone Workshop

  • U.S. Foreign Policy and Global Interests
  • U.S. Foreign Policy and International Organizations
  • U.S. Strategy toward Asia-Pacific