Christopher Swift is an Adjunct Professor of National Security Studies at Georgetown University and a Fellow at the University of Virginia Law School’s Center for National Security Law. An attorney and political scientist, his research examines the intersection between constitutional law, international law, and national security affairs.
Dr. Swift is the author of the forthcoming book The Fighting Vanguard: Local Insurgencies in the Global Jihad. Drawing on field research in Afghanistan, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union, The Fighting Vanguard untangles the complex global web of terrorist movements by examining al-Qaeda’s relationships with indigenous insurgent groups.
A practicing attorney, Dr. Swift counsels clients on matters involving arms control, counter-proliferation, counterterrorism, economic sanctions, export controls, and other aspects of international trade and investment law. He also represents pro-bono clients in matters involving human rights, veterans’ law, and refugee and asylum law.
Dr. Swift previously served in the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, where he investigated international transactions involving terrorist syndicates, weapons proliferators, and other sanctioned entities. He also served as an International Law Fellow at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, where he advised policymakers on security and human rights issues in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the former Soviet Union.
Dr. Swift was previously affiliated with organizations including Freedom House, where he worked on Russian affairs, and the Center for Strategic & International Studies, where he served as an aide to former national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski. He has appeared as a guest analyst for Al-Jazeera, BBC News, CBS News, CNN International, National Public Radio, and other leading broadcast media.
Dr. Swift is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the American Society of International Law, and is admitted to the bar in New York and the District of Columbia. He holds an A.B. in Government and History from Dartmouth College, a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and an M.St. and a Ph.D. in Politics and International Studies from the University of Cambridge.