Jamie Metzl

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Jamie Metzl
Born (1968-07-01) July 1, 1968 (age 55)

Jamie Frederic Metzl (born July 1, 1968)[1] is an American geopolitical commentator, author, and former Clinton administration official. He is the author of five books, including science fiction novels and non-fiction.

Early life and education[edit]

Metzl was born to Marilyn Metzl, a clinical psychologist, and Kurt Metzl, a pediatrician.[2][3] He attended high school at The Barstow School in Kansas City, Missouri.[4] He graduated from Brown University.[5] He holds a Ph.D. in Southeast Asian history from Oxford University (1994),[6] and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.[7] He was a White House Fellow.[8]


From 1991 to 1993, Metzl was a human rights officer for the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC),[9] where he helped establish a human rights investigation and monitoring unit for Cambodia.[10][third-party source needed]

Metzl served as deputy staff director and senior counselor of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations,[11] senior coordinator for international public information and senior advisor to the undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs at the Department of State,[12] and director of multilateral and humanitarian affairs on the National Security Council.[12] In the Clinton administration, he was the primary drafter of Presidential Decision Directive 68 on International Public Information[13] and coordinated public information campaigns for Iraq and Kosovo.[14][dead link][verification needed]

In 2003, Metzl directed a Council on Foreign Relations study led by Warren B. Rudman that concluded that the United States was not doing enough to prepare first responders to handle a catastrophic attack.[15]

In 2004, he ran unsuccessfully against former Kansas City Mayor Emanuel Cleaver for the Democratic nomination for Missouri's Fifth Congressional District.[16]

Metzl is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council,[17] and a former partner at the global investment company Cranemere LLC,.[18][dead link][19][third-party source needed] He was an executive vice president of the Asia Society.[20][when?]

He authored a book on human rights in Southeast Asia and the novel The Depths of the Sea.[21] He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.[22]

In 2019, Metzl was appointed to the WHO advisory committee on Developing Global Standards for Governance and Oversight of Human Genome Editing.[23][24]

Metzl has been a vocal proponent of the COVID-19 lab leak theory.[25] In March 2023, he testified at the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic invited by US House Republicans.[26]

Personal life[edit]

He is a marathon runner and triathlete.[27][28][29]

For the Brown Alumni Magazine, Metzl wrote a 2010 article describing the "narcissistic pleasure" he derived from having a Wikipedia page and how he asked an assistant to "occasionally add a link to the site".[30]



  • Jamie Frederic Metzl (1996). Western Responses to Abuses in Cambodia, 1975-80. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-333-64325-9.
  • Jamie Frederic Metzl (May 2004). The Depths of the Sea. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-32202-X.
  • Jamie Frederic Metzl (2014) Genesis Code, Arcade. ISBN 1628724234[31]
  • Jamie Frederic Metzl (2016) Eternal Sonata, Arcade. ASIN: B01HDVCR4U
  • Jamie Frederic Metzl (April 2019) Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity, Sourcebooks. ISBN 149267009X[32]


  1. ^ Cleary, Tom. "Jamie Metzl: 25 Questions Answered", Heavy.com. Accessed June 25, 2023. "Jamie Metzl was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on July 1, 1968."
  2. ^ Haaratz: "Hurricane Sandy Sweeps Away N.Y. Marathon, Makes Way for Tikkun Olam" by Danna Harman November 5, 2012
  3. ^ Beyond the Bris: "Delving into Genesis Code: An Interview With Jamie Metzl" retrieved November 4, 2017
  4. ^ Staff. "World-renowned Expert on Asia to Give Free Lecture at The Barstow School", The Barstow School, October 3, 2011. Accessed November 1, 2011.
  5. ^ Staff. "Learn how Asia is changing the world", Vail Daily, January 2, 2007. Accessed November 1, 2011.
  6. ^ British Library ETHOS PhD database
  7. ^ Campbell, Matt; and Kraske, Steve. "Metzl's ambition praised, criticized", Kansas City Star, June 26, 2004. Accessed November 1, 2011.
  8. ^ Matthews, Mark via The Baltimore Sun. Darkyears for Cambodia and for U.S. too", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 18, 1998. Accessed November 1, 2011.
  9. ^ Anthuvan, Augustine. "Former US National Security Council adviser's views on Libya situation", Channel NewsAsia, April 1, 2011. Accessed November 1, 2011.
  10. ^ Jamie Metzl: Visiting Scholar Archived 2011-10-20 at the Wayback Machine, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Accessed November 1, 2011.
  11. ^ Staff. "Holdovers Held Up Security Strategy: Democratic partisans and Clinton holdovers such as Richard Clarke undermined the Bush team's crafting of a new national-security plan.", The Washington Times, April 26, 2004. Accessed November 1, 2011.
  12. ^ a b Staff. Records on Presidential Decision Directive-68 (PDD-68)– Concerning International Public Information (IPI) Archived 2011-10-21 at the Wayback Machine, Clinton Presidential Center, last modified April 27, 2007. Accessed November 3, 2011.
  13. ^ Staff. "Information-control plan aimed at U.S., insider says: International agency to be used for `spinning the news'", The Washington Times, July 29, 1999. Accessed November 1, 2011.
  14. ^ Douglas, William. "A Sense of Relief, Vindication / U.S. officials hail TV images", Newsday, April 10, 2003. Accessed November 1, 2011.
  15. ^ Staff. "U.S. Spending Against Terror Is Too Low, Report Warns", The New York Times, June 29, 2003. Accessed November 1, 2011.
  16. ^ Curry, Dan. "Cleaver outlasts Metzl in 5th District race" Archived 2004-12-26 at the Wayback Machine, The Examiner (Independence), August 4, 2004. Accessed January 5, 2008. "Cleaver defeated Metzl 72,530 (59.9 percent) to 48,531 (40.1 percent)."
  17. ^ "Jamie Metzl". Atlantic Council. Retrieved September 10, 2023.
  18. ^ Vail Symposium: Is the Red Dragon Breathing Fire? Rising China and the Changing Global Order with Jamie Metzl [1]
  19. ^ Jamie F. Metzl -Director, The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, backed up by the Internet Archive as of December 13, 2013. Accessed May 17, 2016.
  20. ^ Jamie Metzl Archived 2011-11-18 at the Wayback Machine, Asia Society. Accessed November 1, 2011.
  21. ^ Dion, Marc Munroe. "Asian expert knows his story: Characters a bit flat in well-plotted political thriller", Kansas City Star, May 30, 2004. Accessed November 1, 2011.
  22. ^ Stearns, Matt. "Politicians mull opposing McCarthy in '04 primary", Kansas City Star, July 24, 2003. Accessed November 1, 2011.
  23. ^ World Health Organization (March 19, 2019). WHO Expert Advisory Committee on Developing Global Standards for Governance and Oversight of Human Genome Editing: REPORT OF THE FIRST MEETING (Report). World Health Organization. Retrieved June 26, 2023.
  24. ^ "BBC World News - BBC News with Katty and Christian, Former US security official wants China to be forthcoming about Covid-19 origin". BBC. June 8, 2021. Retrieved June 26, 2023.
  25. ^ Stolberg, Sheryl Gay; and Mueller, Benjamin. "Lab Leak or Not? How Politics Shaped the Battle Over Covid’s Origin", The New York Times, March 19, 2023. Accessed June 25, 2023.
  26. ^ Lenharo, Mariana; Wolf, Lauren (March 9, 2023). "US COVID-origins hearing renews debate over lab-leak hypothesis". Nature. 615 (7952): 380–381. doi:10.1038/d41586-023-00701-1. PMID 36890328. S2CID 257426722.
  27. ^ Basheer, K.P.M. "Putting creative minds together", The Hindu, March 14, 2007. Accessed November 1, 2011.
  28. ^ "Tête-à-tête: America’s role in a fast-changing Asia", Singapore Institute of International Affairs, May 18, 2010. Accessed November 1, 2011.
  29. ^ Shetty, Vinita A. "Marathon man", Daily News and Analysis Mumbai, May 2, 2010. Accessed November 1, 2011.
  30. ^ [Metzl, Jamie. "Judgment at Wikipedia", Brown Alumni Magazine, March–April 2010, backed up by the Internet Archive as of April 7, 2010. Accessed February 1, 2022.
  31. ^ Frederic, Metzl, Jamie (November 4, 2014). Genesis code : a thriller of the near future (First ed.). New York. ISBN 9781628724233. OCLC 868648683.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link) CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  32. ^ Frederic, Metzl, Jamie (2019). Hacking Darwin : genetic engineering and the future of humanity. Naperville, Illinois. ISBN 9781492670094. OCLC 1040198428.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link) CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

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