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Tim Naftali

Senior Research Fellow, International Security Program
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Tim Naftali is an historian who studies leaders, power and international affairs. The author or co-author of four books, including “One Hell of a Gamble”: Khrushchev, Castro and Kennedy, 1958-1964 and Blind Spot: The Secret History of American Counterterrorism, Naftali has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University and an M.A. in International Studies from Johns Hopkins. After teaching at the University of Hawaii, Yale and the University of Virginia, he joined the National Archives in 2006 to become the first director of the federal Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. The Nixon Library’s Watergate exhibit, for which Naftali was historian and curator, opened in March 2011. In November 2011, Naftali left the library to write a study of the Kennedy presidency for publication in 2013. He is also currently working on a multi-national study on why and how terrorist groups stop using terror as a tactic. Naftali served as a consultant to the 9/11 Commission and as an historical consultant to the Nazi War Crimes and Imperial Japanese Government Records Interagency Working Group. Naftali, who has appeared on NPR, MSNBC, FOX News, CNN, the History Channel and C-SPAN, has written for The New York Times, Slate, The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal and blogged for the Huffington Post.


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