Greenwald joins Kennedy School as Belfer Center fellow

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Michael Blake Greenwald has been named a fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

While at the Kennedy School, Greenwald, who has served the U.S. government in several senior diplomatic roles, will lecture, conduct research, and engage with students on a range of issues including economic sanctions, illicit finance, national security, intelligence, and global finance.

“From the Treasury Department to the intelligence community to serving as a senior Treasury diplomat in the Middle East, Michael has done critically important work to limit the ability of America’s enemies to fund terrorist attacks,” said former Secretary of Defense and current Belfer Center Director Ash Carter. “We are honored to have him join our community of researchers committed to a more secure, peaceful world.”

“I am honored to join the incredible team at the Belfer Center, which has led the way in advancing the conversation in international security and diplomatic issues facing the United States and around the world,” said Greenwald. “At such a critical juncture and moment in our nation’s history, I am looking forward to working with the deep bench of leaders and scholars at the Belfer Center to tackle the threat posed by illicit financing, the changing nature of financial warfare, and the economic sanctions landscape.”

Greenwald served as a financial diplomat in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, spanning the tenures of U.S. Treasury Secretaries Timothy Geithner, Jacob Lew, and Steven Mnuchin. Most recently, he served as the first United States Treasury Attaché appointed to Qatar and Kuwait and opened the Treasury Department’s office in Doha, Qatar in August 2015.