Ambassador David L. Aaron is a senior fellow at the RAND Corporation. He formerly served on the RAND-Qatar Policy Institute Board of Overseers and as director of the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy. He is a former deputy national security advisor, ambassador to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, under secretary of commerce for international trade, and special White House envoy for cryptography. His other government positions included Foreign Service assignments to NATO, the UN, and the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks. He served on the staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee and was the National Security Council staff member responsible for nuclear strategy and arms control. Ambassador Aaron also worked in the private sector as an investment banker and advisor to a Washington law firm. He has written three novels published in ten languages, and wrote the PBS special The Lessons of the Gulf War. His most recent monograph is In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad (RAND Corporation, 2008). Aaron received his L.L.D. from Occidental College and his M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Previous PositionsAmbassador to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris during Clinton administration; Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade during Clinton administration; Deputy National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter; Vice President for Mergers and Acquisitions, Oppenheimer & Co.; Vice Chairman of the Board, Oppenheimer International
- Nuclear deterrence in the Middle East
David Aaron, In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad--Compilation and Commentary, RAND (MG-602-RC), 2008
David Aaron, ed., Three Years After: Next Steps in the War on Terror, RAND Corporation (CF-212-RC), 2005
Recent Media Appearances
Interviews: Baltimore Sun; Bloomberg News; C-SPAN; Fox; Knight Ridder; Los Angeles Business Journal; NBC; New York Times; Voice of America; Washington Post
Commentary: CQ Global Researcher; Financial Times; International Herald Tribune; United Press International; Washington Post; Washington Times