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Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow

Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Stanford University
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Thomas Fingar is the inaugural Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. He was the Payne Distinguished Lecturer at Stanford during January to December 2009. 

From May 2005 through December 2008, he served as the first deputy director of national intelligence for analysis and, concurrently, as chairman of the National Intelligence Council. He served previously as assistant secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research (2004–2005), principal deputy assistant secretary (2001–2003), deputy assistant secretary for analysis (1994–2000), director of the Office of Analysis for East Asia and the Pacific (1989–1994), and chief of the China Division (1986–1989). Between 1975 and 1986 he held a number of positions at Stanford University, including senior research associate in the Center for International Security and Arms Control.

Fingar is a graduate of Cornell University (AB in government and history, 1968), and Stanford University (MA, 1969 and PhD, 1977 both in political science). His most recent book is Reducing Uncertainty: Intelligence Analysis and National Security (Stanford University Press, 2011).


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The Way China Copes With Its Economic Challenges Will Have an Impact on Us All
Thomas Fingar: "For the past two decades China has been a poster child of successful globalization, integrating with the world and in the process lifting millions of citizens out of poverty. But China’s integration into the world economy and global trends drive and constrain Beijing’s ability to manage growing social, economic and political challenges."
January 19, 2012 in Jakarta Globe

In North Africa, Power Map No Longer Drawn In Ink
"The pace of change, the magnitude of demands, is going to make for not much sleep," says Thomas Fingar, former chair of the National Intelligence Council who's now a fellow at Stanford University. For intelligence officers in Cairo, the job may have ...
March 11, 2011 in NPR

Don't overreact to WikiLeaks
"The WikiLeaks dissemination of U.S. diplomatic and other candid communications has rekindled debate over how to balance the need to protect sources and sensitive information against the need to ensure timely distribution of information to government officials who need it to protect our people ...
January 19, 2011 in Arizona Daily Sun

Overseas programs assess enrollment, effects of Beijing language waiver
... full enrollment may have been caused by the waived language requirement and the addition of Stanford faculty member Thomas Fingar MA '69 Ph.D. '77, ...
December 1, 2010 in The Stanford Daily

Five years later, a stronger intelligence community
"Commentators noting the fifth anniversary, this month, of the launch of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have largely paid more attention to shortcomings than to what has been achieved ...
April 30, 2010 in Washington Post