Jamie Metzl

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Jamie Metzl in 2013

Jamie Frederic Metzl (born around 1968) is an American technology futurist, geopolitical expert, and writer, a former partner in the global investment company Cranemere LLC,[1][2] and a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. He was formerly the Asia Society's Executive Vice President.[3] He developed and led the Asia Society's Asia 21 Young Leaders Initiative, the organization's Pan-Asia-Pacific leadership development program.[4][5] He is the author of five books, including the science fiction novels Genesis Code and Eternal Sonata and the non-fiction work, Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity.

Metzl served the Clinton Administration, serving as Director for Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs for the National Security Council,[6] working for the Clinton Administration in the United States Department of State as Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy & Public Affairs and Information Technology and Senior Coordinator for International Public Information,[7] and was also Deputy Staff Director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee under then Senator Joe Biden.[8]

Early life and education[edit]

Metzl is the son of Kurt, a pediatrician, and Marilyn, a clinical psychologist.[9][10] He is a magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University.[6] For the Brown Alumni magazine, Metzl wrote an article describing having a Wikipedia page about himself as a "narcissistic pleasure" and how he had asked an assistant to edit it on multiple occasions.[11] He also holds a Ph.D. in Southeast Asian history from Oxford University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.[12] He attended high school at The Barstow School in Kansas City, Missouri.[13]


Metzl served as Deputy Staff Director and Senior Counselor of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations,[8] Senior Coordinator for International Public Information and Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the Department of State,[14] and Director of Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs on the National Security Council.[14] In the Clinton Administration, he was the primary drafter of Presidential Decision Directive 68 on International Public Information[15] and coordinated public information campaigns for Iraq and Kosovo.[16] From 1991 to 1993, Metzl was a Human Rights Officer for the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC),[17] where he helped establish a human rights investigation and monitoring unit for Cambodia.[18]

In 2003, Metzl directed a Council on Foreign Relations study which argued that the United States was not doing enough to prepare first responders (i.e. fire, police, rescue and medical agencies) to handle another catastrophic attack.[19]

Metzl has been featured as a commentator in the American and international media, including BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, and Fox News Channel. He has appeared on Meet the Press, discussing how emergency responders being drastically underfunded and dangerously unprepared.[20] He authored a book on human rights in Southeast Asia and the novel The Depths of the Sea,[21] and his writing has been published in The New York Times[22] Foreign Affairs[23] and many other publications.[24] He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations,[25] and a former White House Fellow,[26] Aspen Institute Crown Fellow,[27] and French-American Foundation Young Leader.[28] He is a founder and co-chairman of bipartisan[29] national security NGO the Partnership for a Secure America,[30] has served on the board of the Jewish refugee organization HIAS,[2][31] the International Center for Transitional Justice,[32] and the Brandeis University International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life,[33] and has served as an election monitor in Afghanistan[34] and the Philippines.[35]

He is the former chairman of the international advisory committee to the Mongolian Ministry of Nature, Environment, and Tourism and the former is Honorary Ambassador to North America of the Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy.[36]

In 2004, Metzl ran unsuccessfully against former Kansas City Mayor Emanuel Cleaver for the Democratic nomination for Missouri's Fifth Congressional District.[37]

Personal life[edit]

He has completed 13 Ironman triathlons and 30 marathons, as well as 15 ultramarathons.[38][39][40]




  • Jamie Frederic Metzl (April 2019) Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity, Sourcebooks. ISBN 149267009X[41]
  • Jamie Frederic Metzl (2016) Eternal Sonata, Arcade. ASIN: B01HDVCR4U
  • Jamie Frederic Metzl (2014) Genesis Code, Arcade. ISBN 1628724234[42]
  • Jamie Frederic Metzl (May 2004). The Depths of the Sea. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-32202-X.
  • Jamie Frederic Metzl (1996). Western Responses to Abuses in Cambodia, 1975-80. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-333-64325-9.

Syndicated columns[edit]

  • Reinvigorating the US-Japan Alliance (Project Syndicate, February 22, 2013)[7]
  • The Paradox of China’s Reform (Project Syndicate, May 18, 2012)[43]
  • 5 Imperatives for G20 (Korea Times, November 8, 2010) [8]
  • Sri Lanka Must Invest in Rights Protection (Japan Times, June 4, 2010) [9]

Other publications[edit]

Media interviews[edit]

  • Impact of China easing one child policy (CNN, November 18, 2013) [10]
  • Bi Xilai's Impact on China's Communist Party (Bloomberg TV, August 21, 2013) [11]
  • How Significant Is the Bo Xilai Case to the U.S.? (Bloomberg TV, August 7, 2013) [12]
  • U.S. Expected to Push China on Currency (Bloomberg TV, July 10, 2013) [13]

Congressional testimonies[edit]

  • Can We Prevent the Arms Race of the Human Race: Addressing the National Security Challenges of the Genetic Revolution - Statement of Jamie F. Metzl before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Sub-Committee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation (June 19, 2008)[14][permanent dead link]
  • Testimony of Jamie Metzl Before the House Select Committee on Homeland Security, 2003 [15][permanent dead link]

Task forces[edit]

  • Growing Together Beats Falling Apart, An Asia Society Task Force Report, November 2010 (Task Force Advisory Group Member)[44]
  • North Korea Inside Out: The Case for Economic Engagement, An Asia Society Task Force Report, December 2009 (Task Force Advisory Group Member) [16]
  • Back from the Brink? A Strategy for Stabilizing Afghanistan-Pakistan, An Asia Society Task Force Report, April 2009 (Project Director) [17]
  • Delivering on the Promise: Advancing U.S. Relations with India, An Asia Society Task Force Report, January 2009 (Task Force Member) [18]

Selected lectures and moderations[edit]

  • Rising China and the Changing Global Order, Vail Symposium (June 28, 2003)[1]
  • Rising China, Changing World, Imagine Solutions Conference (February 11, 2013)[45]
  • Lobsang Sangay on What's Next for Tibet, Asia Society (July 22, 2011)[46]
  • Can President Obama's New Afghanistan Strategy Succeed?, Asia Society (December 8, 2009)[47]


  1. ^ a b Vail Symposium: Is the Red Dragon Breathing Fire? Rising China and the Changing Global Order with Jamie Metzl [1]
  2. ^ a b Jamie F. Metzl -Director, The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, backed up by the Internet Archive as of December 13, 2013. Accessed May 17, 2016.
  3. ^ Jamie Metzl Archived 2011-11-18 at the Wayback Machine, Asia Society. Accessed November 1, 2011. "Jamie Metzl is Executive Vice President of Asia Society. He is responsible for overseeing the institution's strategic directions and overall program activities globally. An expert on Southeast Asian history and politics, he has extensive government experience, including service in the White House, the Department of State, and the US Senate."
  4. ^ Jorge, Ching. "The youth as a driving force for change" Archived 2009-02-09 at the Wayback Machine, Philippine Daily Inquirer, December 13, 2008. Accessed November 1, 2011.
  5. ^ Staff. "Asia Society Announces 2009 Class of Asia 21 Fellows", ChinaTechnews.com, March 25, 2009. Accessed November 1, 2011. "'It is increasingly clear in today's rapidly changing world that cooperation between the people, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States will be critical to solving the world's greatest problems. To make this possible, we need new types of leaders from every country who can both understand the transnational nature of the challenges we face and work together to address them,' said Asia Society Executive Vice President Jamie Metzl, who spearheads the program."
  6. ^ a b Staff. "Learn how Asia is changing the world", Vail Daily, January 2, 2007. Accessed November 1, 2011. "His government appointments have included deputy staff director and senior counselor of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, senior coordinator for international public information and director for multilateral and humanitarian affairs on the National Security Council."
  7. ^ Drake, William J.; and Metzl, Jamie. "Lecture Series: Winning Hearts and Minds: Propaganda and Public Diplomacy in the Information Age", Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, November 27, 2011. Accessed November 1, 2011. "Jamie F. Metzl recently completed a term as a Visiting Scholar in the Project on the Information Revolution and World Politics at the Carnegie Endowment. Previously he served as Director for Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs at the National Security Council and as Senior Coordinator for International Public Information at the Department of State."
  8. ^ a b 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. "Metzl was a staffer on the Clinton NSC and worked for Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.) as deputy staff director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee."
  9. ^ Haaratz: "Hurricane Sandy Sweeps Away N.Y. Marathon, Makes Way for Tikkun Olam" by Danna Harman November 5, 2012
  10. ^ Beyond the Bris: "Delving into Genesis Code: An Interview With Jamie Metzl" retrieved November 4, 2017
  11. ^ Metzl, Jamie (March–April 2010). "Judgment at Wikipedia". Brown Alumni Magazine. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  12. ^ Campbell, Matt; and Kraske, Steve. "Metzl's ambition praised, criticized", Kansas City Star, June 26, 2004. Accessed November 1, 2011. "He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, has a doctorate in Southeast Asian history from Oxford University and a law degree from Harvard."
  13. ^ Staff. "World-renowned Expert on Asia to Give Free Lecture at The Barstow School", The Barstow School, October 3, 2011. Accessed November 1, 2011. "Dr. Jamie F. Metzl ’86 will be returning to The Barstow School as an Alumni Scholar in Residence at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12, 2011, in Price Student Hall on Barstow’s Campus as part of The Barstow School’s Global Speakers Series."
  14. ^ 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. "Director of Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs on the NSC, Jamie Metzl played a key role in getting President Clinton to sign PDD68 in April 1999. Metzl began his career as a White House Fellow assigned to the NSC and eventually wound up at the Department of State where he served as Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. While at the NSC Metzl worked with Richard Clarke on issues relating to IPI in the cases of Rwanda, Iraq, and Kosovo."
  15. ^ 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. "Mr. Clinton in April issued Presidential Decision Directive 68, ordering the creation of the International Public Information (IPI) system... His aide, former White House fellow Jamie Metzl, largely wrote the plan and is now serving as IPI senior coordinator..."
  16. ^ Douglas, William. "A Sense of Relief, Vindication / U.S. officials hail TV images", Newsday, April 10, 2003. Accessed November 1, 2011. "'The images are incredibly powerful, there's no doubt that they will have a catalytic effect,' said Jaime Metzl, who helped coordinate international information campaigns for Iraq and Kosovo during Bill Clinton's presidency."
  17. ^ Anthuvan, Augustine. "Former US National Security Council adviser's views on Libya situation", Channel NewsAsia, April 1, 2011. Accessed November 1, 2011. "Mr Metzl, who was also a human rights officer with the United Nations in Cambodia, said the price of inaction in Libya would have been far higher."
  18. ^ Jamie Metzl: Visiting Scholar Archived 2011-10-20 at the Wayback Machine, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Accessed November 1, 2011.
  19. ^ Staff. "U.S. Spending Against Terror Is Too Low, Report Warns", The New York Times, June 29, 2003. Accessed November 1, 2011. "Nearly two years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the United States is still not spending enough to prepare fire, police, rescue and medical agencies to handle another catastrophic attack, a study by the Council on Foreign Relations has found.... The report was written by a panel of experts led by Warren B. Rudman, a former senator from New Hampshire, and directed by Jamie Metzl, a senior fellow at the center and a former staff member at the National Security Council and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee."
  20. ^ "Meet The Press: Warren Rudman, Mary Matalin, Jamie Metzl, James Carville", Meet the Press, June 29, 2003. 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. "Metzl, then, is eminently qualified to have written The Depths of the Sea, a short novel about morally murky doings on the Thai-Cambodian border in 1979."
  22. ^ "A Message of Hope in Each stride; The Runners of East Timor Have Emerged as Symbols of Independence", The New York Times, May 27, 2001. p. SP11
  23. ^ "Publication Image Information intervention: When switching channels isn't enough" Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine by Jamie F. Metzl. Foreign Affairs. Nov/Dec 1997. pg. 15, 6 pgs
  24. ^ see http://www.carnegieendowment.org/publications/index.cfm?fa=viewAuthorPublications&authorID=91&carAuth=1, and http://democracyjournal.com/article.php?ID=6586[permanent dead link]
  25. ^ Stearns, Matt. "Politicians mull opposing McCarthy in '04 primary", Kansas City Star, July 24, 2003. Accessed November 1, 2011. "Metzl, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, has worked on Capitol Hill, at the State Department and at the White House."
  26. ^ Matthews, Mark via The Baltimore Sun. Darkyears for Cambodia and for U.S. too", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 18, 1998. Accessed November 1, 2011. "Then, in mid-1975 it "virtually dropped out of the news," according to Jamie Frederic Metzl, now a White House fellow."
  27. ^ 2002 Six Degrees Class, Aspen Institute. Accessed November 1, 2011. "Jamie F. Metzl, Executive Vice President, The Asia Society, New York, NY.... He is a member of the 2002 class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute."
  28. ^ "French-American Foundation Weekly Brief, December 19, 2008"[permanent dead link], French-American Foundation, December 19, 2008. Accessed November 1, 2011. "Jamie F. Metzl, former member of the U.S. National Security Council and French-American Foundation Young Leader, argued in the Daily Star that the United States should remain a global leader and that the world is 'not ready' for a post-American era."
  29. ^ Staff. "Dangerously vulnerable", The Register-Guard, September 10, 2008. Accessed November 1, 2011."A new independent study by the bipartisan Partnership for a Secure America says the United States remains "dangerously vulnerable" to chemical, biological and nuclear attacks seven years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001."
  30. ^ About Jamie Metzl Archived 2010-09-29 at the Wayback Machine, Partnership for a Secure America. Accessed November 1, 2011. "Jamie Metzl is Co-Chairman of the PSA Board and Executive Vice President of the Asia Society."
  31. ^ 2014 Annual Report, HIAS. Accessed May 17, 2016.
  32. ^ http://ictj.org/about/jamie-f-metzl
  33. ^ International Advisory Board Members, Brandeis University International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life. Accessed November 1, 2011. "Jamie Metzl, Executive Vice President, Asia Society, New York, NY"
  34. ^ Afghanistan Election Mission with National Democratic Institute, August 2009 Archived 2010-03-21 at the Wayback Machine
  35. ^ Philippines Pre-Elections Assessment Mission with National Democratic Institute, March 2010 Archived 2010-03-25 at the Wayback Machine
  36. ^ "Korea an outstanding destination for investors: Metzl," The Korea Herald, December 23, 2013
  37. ^ 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)."
  38. ^ Basheer, K.P.M. "Putting creative minds together", The Hindu, March 14, 2007. Accessed November 1, 2011. "Jamie F. Metzl is a long-haul guy. He has completed four Ironman triathlons - 4-km swim, non-stop; then, 180-km bicycling, non-stop; and then, 42-km race, non-stop. He has also completed 20 marathons."
  39. ^ "Tête-à-tête: America’s role in a fast-changing Asia", Singapore Institute of International Affairs, May 18, 2010. Accessed November 1, 2011. "Dr. Metzl has completed seven ironman triathlons, 25 marathons, and one ultramarathon."
  40. ^ Shetty, Vinita A. "Marathon man", Daily News and Analysis Mumbai, May 2, 2010. Accessed November 1, 2011. "I've done 25 marathons, seven Iron Man triathlons, and one ultra marathon in February this year, which was a 50km race all through hills and pure mud."
  41. ^ Frederic,, Metzl, Jamie. Hacking Darwin : genetic engineering and the future of humanity. Naperville, Illinois. ISBN 9781492670094. OCLC 1040198428.
  42. ^ Frederic,, Metzl, Jamie. Genesis code : a thriller of the near future (First ed.). New York. ISBN 9781628724233. OCLC 868648683.
  43. ^ "The Paradox of China's Reform (Project Syndicate), May 18, 2012".
  44. ^ Growing Together Beats Falling Apart, An Asia Society Task Force Report, November 2010 [2] and [3]
  45. ^ Jamie Metzl. Rising China and the Changing Global Order Imagine Solutions. 2013. [4]
  46. ^ [5]
  47. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 21, 2009. Retrieved January 8, 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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