Jerrold D. Green

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Dr. Jerrold D. Green
Born October 21, 1948
Boston, Massachusetts
Education B.A., University of Massachusetts - Boston; M.A., Ph.D. University of Chicago
Organization Pacific Council on International Policy, Council on Foreign Relations, The California Club, The Lincoln Club, Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, Middle East Institute of India, Suu Foundation, U.S. Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel
Title CEO & President - Pacific Council on International Policy

Jerrold D. Green (born October 21, 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts) is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles, California.[1] He is concurrently a Research Professor of Communications at the Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism at the University of Southern California.[2]

Previously, he has served as Partner and Executive Vice President for International Operations at Best Associates in Dallas, Texas. He also occupied a number of senior management positions at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California.[3] Among these positions, he served as Corporate Research Manager, Director of International Programs and Development, and Director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy. He has also served as a professor of political science at the University of Michigan and the University of Arizona.

His work on Middle East policy and politics has appeared in such publications as Comparative Politics, The Harvard Journal of World Affairs, The Huffington Post,[4] the Iranian Journal of International Affairs, Politique Étrangère, the RAND Review, Survival, World Politics, and many others.

Early life[edit]

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he graduated with a B.A. with Distinction in Politics (summa cum laude) from University of Massachusetts at Boston. He has both a M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago, where he specialized in Middle East politics. Green conducted research in Iran during the period of the Iranian Revolution as a fellow at the Tehran-based Iran Communications and Development Institute.

Green was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Cairo University in 1982. Dr. Green started his career as a professor in the Department of Political Science and Center for Near Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Michigan. He then became a Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the University of Arizona, where he served as Director for The Center for Middle Eastern Studies from 1985 to 1997. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, has served on numerous study groups focusing on international policy, as well as track II initiatives with Iran and Libya. He has spoken at conferences and other gatherings around the world.


In 1996, Green became the Director at the Center for Middle East Public Policy at the RAND Corporation, and then Director of International Programs and Development at RAND in 1999. During that time, Dr. Green authored numerous pieces on issues ranging from NATO policy in the Mediterranean,[5] US-Middle East relations,[6] the security policies of Iran,[7] and democracy and Islam in Afghanistan.[8]

From 2004-2006, Green served as Partner and Executive Vice President for International Operations at Best Associates, a privately held merchant banking firm with global operations, and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs for the Whitney International University System in Dallas, Texas. In 2006, Green returned to RAND where he oversaw an attempt to broaden RAND's Middle East-based policy analysis work.

Green has lectured on six continents and has been a visiting fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Science’s West Asian Studies Center in Beijing, China; a visiting lecturer at the Havana based Center for African and Middle East Studies, a fellow at the Australian Defence College, and delivered papers at conferences sponsored by the Iranian Institute of International Affairs in Tehran, Iran.

Since 2008, Green has served as the President and CEO of the Pacific Council on International Policy. He also is an International Medical Corps Ambassador, member of the Middle East Institute of India International Advisory Board, an Advisory Board member of the Suu Foundation (headed by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi), and a research professor of Communication and Business at USC.

Green uses Arabic, French, Hebrew, and Persian in his work, and has lived abroad as a Fulbright Fellow in Egypt, three years in Israel, and conducted field research in Iran. He has visited virtually every other Middle Eastern country.

Green is a technical advisor to Activision Publishing in Santa Monica, California, where he consults on the highly successful Call of Duty series.

Advisory roles[edit]

He is currently on the United States Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel (where he was awarded the Department of the Navy's Distinguished Civilian Service Award), as well as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department after serving as a Specialist Reserve Officer with the Los Angeles Police Department where he advised on issues related to terrorism. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Falcon Waterfree Technologies, the Board of Directors of the California Club and as a member of the International Advisory Board of the Whitney International University System in Dallas. He is a member of the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs Tourism Committee and is an International Medical Corps Ambassador. Dr. Green is also part of the Advisory Council for the University of California-Berkeley Berkeley Program on Entrepreneurship and Development in the Middle East. He is also a member of the U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy. Dr. Green previously served on the Advisory Committee of the Asia Society of Southern California as well as the Board of Columbia University's Middle East Institute in New York.

Other previous roles[edit]

Involvement Year(s)
Visiting Professor - School of International Relations at USC 2002-2003
Visiting Fellow - Center for Defence and Strategic Studies, Australian Defence College, Canberra 2002, 2004
Visiting Scholar & Center Associate - The Gustave Von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies, UCLA 1994-2000
Visiting Assistant Professor - Economics and Political Science, Cairo University 1982-1983
Assistant Professor of Social Sciences - Damavand College, Tehran 1978-1979
Lecturer - School of Radio and Television (M.A. Program), Tehran 1978-1979
Research Fellow - Iran Communications and Development Institute, Tehran 1978-1979

President and CEO of the Pacific Council[edit]

In 2008, Green became the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Council on International Policy, located in Los Angeles, California.[9] Green has led three U.S. Department of Defense sponsored delegations to Afghanistan and another to Iraq. He has also led Pacific Council fact-finding delegations to Argentina, Chile, China, Cuba, France, Myanmar, North Korea, Russia, and South Sudan.[10] In addition, from 2009 to 2010 Green served as a member of a joint task force between the Pacific Council and the Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internationales (COMEXI) that looked at the U.S.-Mexican border.[11]

Notable professional activity[edit]

Conference Participation:


  • Revolution in Iran: The Politics of Countermobilization. Praeger, 1982.

Select Articles, Essays, and Monographs:

  • “Friends of the Devil: U.S.-Iran Ties Beyond a Nuclear Deal,” Huffington Post World, 21 October 2014.[17]
  • “Obama, Take Note: Wireless Revolution is Coming to Myanmar,” Huffington Post World, 24 May 2013.[18]
  • “The Ghosts of Abu Ghraib Exorcised?” with William Loomis; Huffington Post, 15 July 2010.[19]
  • "La politique américaine et le conflit iraélo-palestinien," Politique Étrangère, July - September 2002.
  • "No Escape," The World Today, Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London, 2002.[20]
  • "A Memo to the President: Structural Problems in the Middle East," Middle East Insight, November 2000.[21]
  • "The Information Revolution and Political Opposition in the Middle East," Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, 1999.[22]
  • "An Atlantic Partnership in the Middle East," with David Gompert and F. Steven Larrabee; RAND Review, Spring 1999.[23]
  • "Where Are The Arabs?" Survival, 1998.[24]
  • "Gulf Security With the Gulf States?" Harvard Journal of World Affairs: The Journal for International Policy, 1995.[25]
  • "Conflict, Consensus, and Gulf Security," The Iranian Journal of International Affairs, Winter 1993.[26]
  • "Ideology and Pragmatism in Iranian Foreign Policy," Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Fall 1993.[27]
  • "Iran's Foreign Policy: Between Enmity and Conciliation," Current History January 1993.[28]
  • "U.S. AID's Democratic Pluralism Initiative: Pragmatism or Alturism?" Ethics and International Affairs 1991.[29]
  • "The Rationality of Collective Political Action: Germany, Israel, and Peru,"- Senior Investigator, Funded by the National Science Foundation - 1987-1991.
  • "Are Arab Politics Still Arab?" World Politics, July 1986.[30]
  • "Countermobilization as a Revolutionary Form," Comparative Politics, January 1984.[31]


  • Semi-annual U.S.-Libyan Track II Meetings (in Malta and United Kingdom)- 2001-2004
  • National Security Council Discussion Groups on Iran, The White House - 1999, 2001
  • "Israel's Right is Wrong," Al Ahram Weekly (Cairo), 9 November 1995.
  • "Parallel Cities," The New York Times Book Review, 17 November 1991.
  • "Terrorism in the Middle East," U.S.A. Today, 11 November 1985.
  • "Qadhafi's Not Always to Blame," Wall Street Journal, 11 May 1984.
  • Social Science Research Council/Joint Committee on the Middle East of the American Council of Learned Societies Research Grant (Supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Ford Foundation) - 1983-1984

Awards and honors[edit]

Award or Honor
Selection Committee member for the U.S. Department of State Herbert Salzman Award for Excellence in International Economic Performance
Distinguished Civilian Service Award – United States Department of the Navy
Smith Richardson Foundation Grant
RAND Medal for Excellence
USIA Lecturer
Social Science Research Council/Joint Committee on the Middle East of the American Council of Learned Societies Research Grant
Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship – Cairo University


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  5. ^ The Future of NATO’s Mediterranean Initiative: Evolution and Next Steps. RAND 1999.
  6. ^ An Atlantic Partnership in the Middle East. RAND Review, Spring 1999.
  7. ^ Iran’s Post Revolutionary Security Policy. RAND 2001.
  8. ^ Democracy and Islam in the New Constitution of Afghanistan. RAND 2003.
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  11. ^ “Managing the US-Mexican Border, Joint Task Force Report.” Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC. Nov. 2009.
  12. ^ “Current Events: World in Crisis,” Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Los Angeles, California (April 2015)
  13. ^ “Global Ambitions and Local Grievances: Understanding Political Islam,” The Ditchley Foundation, Ditchley Park, England (March 2015)
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  15. ^ “US Intervention in Syria: Right or Responsibility?" Conference on The Responsibility to Protect; The European Union Center of California, Claremont Colleges (October 2014)
  16. ^ "The Future of US-China Relations," China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE) Third Global Think Tank Summit," Beijing, China (June 2013)
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  20. ^ RIIA vol. 58, no. 8/9, Aug/Sept 2002.
  21. ^ Middle East Insight vol. XV, no. 6, November–December 2000.
  22. ^ MESAB vol. 33, Summer 1999
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  24. ^ Survival vol. 40, no. 2; Summer 1998.
  25. ^ Harvard Journal of World Affairs vol. IV, no. 2; 1995.
  26. ^ IJIA vol. V, nos. 3-4, Fall/Winter 1993-1994.
  27. ^ JSAMES vol. 17, no. 1, Fall 1993.
  28. ^ CH vol. 92, no. 570, January 1993.
  29. ^ E&IA vol. V, 1991.
  30. ^ WP vol. 38, no. 4, July 1986.
  31. ^ CP vol. 16, no. 2, January 1984.