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    Paul Hughes


    Paul Hughes is currently the Director of Overseas Safety and Security, Director of the Russia Project, and a special advisor to the President of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP).  He previously served as the interim Vice President of the Center for Applied Conflict Transformation.  Hughes also served as the Executive Director for the 2018 National Defense Strategy Commission, and in the past, served as the Executive Director for both the 2010 and 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review Independent Panels and the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States. Previous to those positions he served as the Director of Iraq programs for USIP.

    Prior to joining USIP, he served in the Army from 1975-2005, retiring as a colonel.  He served in Iraq on several occasions and has extensive service in the Asia-Pacific region. As the Director of National Security Policy on the Army staff from 2000-2002, he developed and provided policy guidance for the Army in numerous areas, such as arms control, weapons of mass destruction, missile defense, emerging nontraditional security issues, and crisis prediction. From 1996 to 2000, he served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) as Deputy Director of the Office for Humanitarian Assistance and Anti-Personnel Landmine Policy, where he led the OSD effort to craft U.S. landmine policy. He also planned and coordinated the DOD response to a variety of natural disasters in Central America, Africa, and the Middle East.

    Hughes holds two masters of Military Arts and Sciences degrees from the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College and a B.A. in Sociology from Colorado State University. His awards include two Defense Superior Service Medals, three Bronze Star Medals, four Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, four Army Commendation Medals, and several campaign and service ribbons.

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