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Scott R. Anderson

David M. Rubenstein Fellow - Governance Studies

Scott R. Anderson is a David M. Rubenstein fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, as well as an experienced international lawyer and former U.S. diplomat. He previously served as an Attorney-Adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State, where he advised policymakers on legal matters relating to U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa, among other issues. From 2012 to 2013, he was the legal advisor for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. He has also coordinated or contributed to the Department's participation in several litigation and international arbitration matters, including before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Directly prior to joining Brookings, Mr. Anderson was an International Affairs Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, which he spent as a Research Fellow at the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict and as an Associate of the International Security Program at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He also served as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He is a graduate of the Yale Law School and the University of Virginia.

Scott R. Anderson is a David M. Rubenstein fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, as well as an experienced international lawyer and former U.S. diplomat. He previously served as an Attorney-Adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State, where he advised policymakers on legal matters relating to U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa, among other issues. From 2012 to 2013, he was the legal advisor for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. He has also coordinated or contributed to the Department’s participation in several litigation and international arbitration matters, including before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Directly prior to joining Brookings, Mr. Anderson was an International Affairs Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, which he spent as a Research Fellow at the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict and as an Associate of the International Security Program at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He also served as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He is a graduate of the Yale Law School and the University of Virginia.

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