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Frank and Bethine Church Chair of Public Affairs

Photo of Steven FeldsteinSteven Feldstein, who held the Frank and Bethine Church Chair from 2016-2019, is a Senior Fellow with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., where he focuses on issues of democracy, technology, human rights, and U.S. foreign policy.

Previously, he served as a deputy assistant secretary in the bureau of democracy, human rights and labor at the U.S. Department of State, and the director of the office of policy at the U.S. Agency for International Development. He has also served as counsel on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. His research interests include technology, democracy, human rights, U.S. foreign policy, and conflict trends. He is currently writing a book on the intersection of advanced technology, global repression and governance. His articles and commentary have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Journal of Democracy, Just Security, The National Interest, Salon, the Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, Newsweek, World Politics Review, The Hill, and The Conversation. He received his B.A. from Princeton and his J.D. from Berkeley Law.

Recent Works by Steven Feldstein

How artificial intelligence systems could threaten democracy
Steven Feldstein, The Conversation

How the UN Human Rights Council’s Rebuke of Saudi Arabia Could Reverberate
Steven Feldstein, World Politics Review

Sen. Risch has unique chance to guide Trump on foreign policy
Steven Feldstein, The Hill

How Artificial Intelligence is Reshaping Repression (read online)
Steven Feldstein, Journal of Democracy

Why the ICC Investigation of Forced Displacement in Myanmar Is a Big Deal
Steven Feldstein, Just Security

Zimbabwe’s Coup Did Not Create Democracy From Dictatorship 
Steven Feldstein, The Conversation

Protecting Civilians in Cyberspace: Ideas for the Road Ahead
Steven Feldstein and David Sullivan, Just Security

The Steep Costs of America’s Exit From the U.N. Human Rights Council
Steven Feldstein, World Politics Review

Despite Trump’s shameful G-7 showing, US credibility still intact
Steven Feldstein, The Hill

How to Grill Gina Haspel
Steven Feldstein & John Hutson,

Moral Failure in Libya
Steven Feldstein, Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration

Who is John Bolton and What Does he Want?
Steven Feldstein, The Conversation

Rexit: Tillerson out, Pompeo in. The future of the State Department and CIA.
Steven Feldstein, KPCC’s AirTalk

Rethinking Antifa
Steven Feldstein, The Blue Review

Do Terrorist Trends in Africa Justify the U.S. Military’s Expansion?
Steven Feldstein, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Hybrid Repression Online and Offline in China: Foretelling the Human Rights Struggle to Come?
Steven Feldstein, National Endowment for Democracy’s Power 3.0 blog

Trump’s War on Terror
By Steven Feldstein and Saskia Brechenmacher, The National Interest

How U.S. Policies Are Worsening the Global Refugee Crisis
By Steven Feldstein, The Blue Review

New Data About Airstrikes During Trump’s First 10 Months in Office Should Sound Alarm Bells
By Steven Feldstein, Newsweek

Can Brownback Be the Credible Face of America’s Promotion of Religious Freedom?
By Steven Feldstein, World Politics Review

A question for our times: What would Frank Church do?
By Steven Feldstein, Idaho Statesman