Director, Indo-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security
Lisa Curtis is Director of the Indo-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). With over 20 years of service in the U.S. Government, her work has centered on U.S. policy toward the Indo-Pacific and South and Central Asia. Curtis served as Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Council (NSC) Senior Director for South and Central Asia from 2017 to 2021. She received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service in December 2020 in recognition of her work at the NSC. Her previous positions include serving as Senior Fellow on South Asia at The Heritage Foundation; professional staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; Senior Advisor at the State Department; Analyst at the CIA; and as a Political Officer at the U.S. Embassies in Islamabad and New Delhi.