Stephen J. Hadley is the board chairman of the United States Institute of Peace, and the principal of RiceHadleyGates LLC, an international strategic consulting firm founded with Condoleezza Rice, Robert Gates, and Anja Manuel. RiceHadleyGates assists executives in overcoming challenges to doing business in major emerging markets like China, India, Brazil, Turkey, and Indonesia.
Mr. Hadley served as assistant to the president for national security affairs from 2005 to 2009. He was the principal White House foreign policy adviser to then President George W. Bush, directed the National Security Council staff, and ran the interagency national security policy development and execution process.
From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Hadley served as the assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor. He also served as the assistant secretary of defense for international security policy under then-Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney from 1989 to 1993. Mr. Hadley represented the Defense Department on arms control and defense matters, including negotiations with the Soviet Union and then Russia, security issues involving NATO and Western Europe, and export and technology control matters. Mr. Hadley served as both a partner in the Washington D.C. law firm of Shea and Gardner and principal in the Scowcroft Group. He was counsel to the Tower Commission in 1987 as it investigated arms sales to Iran, and served on the National Security Council staff under President Ford from 1974 to 1977.
Mr. Hadley serves on a number of corporate and advisory boards, and is currently the chair of RAND’s Center for Middle East Public Policy advisory board and of the Human Freedom Advisory Council of the George W. Bush Institute. He serves on the boards of Yale University’s Kissinger Papers, the Atlantic Council, the board of managers of the John Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory, and the State Department’s foreign affairs policy board. Mr. Hadley has also been a member of Council on Foreign Relations since 1993.
Mr. Hadley graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, in 1969. In 1972, he received his juris doctor degree from Yale Law School, where he was Note and Comment editor of the Yale Law Journal.