The Wheatley Institution

Amos A. Jordan

Senior Advisor


Amos A. Jordan

Amos A. "Joe" Jordan is a Senior Advisor at the Wheatley Institution and served as president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and its Asia-focused sibling, the Pacific Forum CSIS. Jordan has held the positions of principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, deputy under secretary of state, and acting under secretary of state for security assistance, among other positions in government.

A former U.S. army brigadier general and chair of the West Point Department of Social Sciences, Jordan also served as a member of President George H.W. Bush's Intelligence Oversight Board. He has been a consultant to the National Security Council, the Agency for International Development and other public and private organizations and has served on several presidential commissions and governmental study groups. He previously served as Director of the Aspen Institute, as well as co-founded and co-chaired the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific, an international NGO.

Highly decorated by the military, Jordan has received numerous other awards, including the 2007 Distinguished Graduate Award from the Association of Graduates of the United States Military Academy and 2009 President’s Medallion from Idaho State University. He is the lead author of American National Security, a widely used textbook on foreign affairs now in its sixth edition.

He is a high honors graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and of Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar in philosophy, politics, and economics. He earned a doctorate in international affairs from Columbia University. Jordan and his wife, the late MarDeane “Polly” Carver, are the parents of three sons and three daughters.

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