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Expertise: International development, global conflict, human rights, United Nations

John Norris is a senior fellow and the executive director of the Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative at American Progress. He has served in a number of senior roles in government, international institutions, and nonprofits. In 2014, Norris was appointed by then-President Barack Obama to the President’s Global Development Council, a body charged with advising the administration on effective development practices.

Norris previously served as the executive director of the Enough Project at American Progress and was the chief of political affairs for the U.N. Mission in Nepal. Previously, Norris served as the Washington chief of staff for the International Crisis Group and as the director of communications for U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott. He also worked as a speechwriter and field disaster expert at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Norris is the author of several books, including Mary McGrory: The First Queen of Journalism, a biography of the late journalist, and the Disaster Gypsies, a memoir of his work in the field of emergency relief. Norris has published commentary in scores of outlets including, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. He has a graduate degree in public administration.

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The Russia ConnectionCenter for American Progress ActionApril 17, 2017
Romney’s Mad-Libs Foreign PolicyForeign PolicyAugust 29, 2012
The GOP’s Foreign Policy: At Odds with Reality?Center for American Progress ActionMarch 24, 2011
Genocide-Free InvestmentCenter for American Progress ActionSeptember 10, 2008