Washington, DC – The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace announced today that Christopher Smart will join its new Geoeconomics and Strategy Program as a senior fellow. 

Smart is an investor and policymaker who has spent the past three decades engaged in key issues of foreign policy and international economic affairs, from the collapse of the Soviet Union to the European financial crisis to the 21st century challenges around global data flows. 

“Artificially separating economic and security discussions often undermines consistent policy,” said Smart. “I’m delighted that Carnegie is committed to examining how a changing global order is reshaping the relationship among financial markets, economic priorities, and geostrategic challenges. I look forward to joining Carnegie’s outstanding team to develop new approaches for policymakers in the United States and around the world that better integrate economic and security imperatives.” 

Smart is currently a senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government and the Whitehead senior fellow at Chatham House. Before that, he served at the White House as special assistant to the president for international economics, trade and investment as well as at the U.S. Department of the Treasury as deputy assistant secretary for Europe and Eurasia, where he led the response to the crisis of the European Monetary Union and designed U.S. engagement on financial policy across Europe, Russia, and Central Asia. 

Prior to his government service, Smart was director of international investments at Pioneer Investments in Boston, where he managed top-performing emerging markets and international portfolios. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, he worked in Moscow, advising Russian government agencies on economic policy and financial market reform. Earlier in his career, he was a journalist in St. Petersburg, Florida and in Paris. 

Smart earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University and a PhD in international relations from Columbia University. 

“Christopher has had a truly remarkable career,” said Carnegie President William J. Burns. “He has spent much of his life in the public and private sector at the front lines and fault lines of international politics and the global economy. We could not ask for a better partner in our newest endeavor at Carnegie and I look forward to seeing what Christopher and his colleagues accomplish together in the coming years.”

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