R. P. Eddy

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R.P. Eddy
Randolph Post Eddy
EducationBrown University - B.Sc. in Neuroscience
OccupationFounding Partner and CEO of Ergo

Randolph Post “R.P.” Eddy is an American businessman, investor, author, former US government official, and former United States and United Nations senior diplomat. He is the CEO of Ergo, a strategy and geopolitical intelligence firm headquartered in New York. He is also the CEO of Four Rivers, an investment firm focusing on Asia. Eddy and Richard Clarke are co-authors of a best selling and award winning book on forecasting and decision-making, published by HarperCollins. In addition, Eddy is the co-host of The Nantucket Project's "R.P. Daily" podcast. He was named by Foreign Policy Magazine as one of America's most authoritative terrorism and national security experts,[1] Harvard Business Review heralded his business innovations as a "radical new model," and The New York Times, PBS, CNN, NPR, Fox and others refer to him as an expert on international affairs, transnational issues, national security, and corporate risk.


R.P. Eddy attended the Groton School and the University School of Milwaukee for secondary education. Eddy graduated from Brown University with a B.Sc. in Neuroscience.[2]


Government and public service[edit]

Eddy began his career as a Director at the White House National Security Council during the Clinton Administration from 1994 to 1996. Eddy ran the White House Presidential Review process to study and respond to U.S. vulnerability to disease proliferation and bioterrorism and the creation of President Clinton's new national policy[3] to address these threats through improved domestic and international surveillance, prevention, and response measures. Later, he served in a variety of advisory positions to top American government officials, and as a senior U.S. diplomat. He served as a senior advisor for Intelligence and Counterterrorism to the United States Secretary of Energy where he helped oversee counter-espionage efforts in the U.S. nuclear labs, and helped lead the design and negotiation to create of the U.S. National Nuclear Security Agency, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations, and US representative to negotiations at the International Criminal Court, peace negotiations in Angola, in South Africa, and in Rwanda.[4][better source needed]

After leaving the White House, Eddy served as Chief of Staff to US Ambassador Richard Holbrooke while Holbrooke served as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations.[5] While working for Holbrooke, Eddy was the principal drafter and U.S. negotiator for the historic UNSC resolution 1308 which was the first UN Security Council resolution to address the impact of HIV/AIDS worldwide, and the first UNSC resolution of the Millennium. Eddy left the US government and worked as a United Nations diplomat through 2001, moving on to successive positions as a Senior Policy Officer to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Eddy is credited as being one of the principal architects behind the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.[6]

After leaving the United Nations in 2001, Eddy founded the Center of Tactical Counterterrorism (CTCT), in cooperation with the New York Police Department shortly after the September 11 attacks. The CTCT grew into a think tank that expanded the NYPD's counterterrorism capabilities. Eddy served as the Executive Director as the group was merged into the Center for Policing Terrorism within the Manhattan Institute.[7] Eddy was named as the co-Chairman of the City of Los Angeles Counterterrorism Committee.

Private sector[edit]

Eddy entered the private sector in 2002 when he joined the Monitor Group where he led teams on projects on AIDS pharmaceutical distribution and revamping the United States’ 9-1-1 emergency telephone system.[4] Eddy joined international consultancy Gerson Lehrman Group in 2004 and became a Managing Director of the firm and founder of multiple successful divisions.[4] In 2006, Eddy founded Ergo, a multinational strategy consulting firm specializing in complex problems and geopolitical intelligence. Eddy currently serves as the company's CEO. The Harvard Business Review lauded Eddy's efforts at Ergo as “breaking from industry orthodoxy with a radical new model” of consulting.[8] Eddy is also the CEO of Four Rivers an investment firm focusing on Asia, and specifically on real estate in Burma.

Committees, memberships, and accolades[edit]

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations where he has frequently spoken on panel discussions on counterterrorism and urban security.[9][10][11] Eddy is a member of several other think tanks including the national security-oriented Madison Policy Forum[12] and the National Consortium for Advancing Policing Board of Advisors[13] which specializes in intelligence-led policing. Eddy was formerly a Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research from 2002 to 2009 and was a Fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.[14]

Eddy's impact as a national security policy advocate has partly been through promoting the role of police in combating terrorism. He is credited with launching the “First Preventers” theory for policing which countered the previously widely practiced policy that police should be only first responders. Eddy's advocacy holds that local police should be empowered to detect and prevent terrorists before they act. During his 2008 presidential campaign Mayor Rudolph Giuliani publicly touted "First Preventers" policing as a core of his homeland security policy, Giuliani said, "They are the people who will gather the information that will alert us, possibly, to a terrorist strike. R.P. Eddy of the Manhattan Institute first described this new role as ‘first preventers,’ and that is a new role for our police and for our local law enforcement people."

Eddy was the Senior Advisor for HIV/AIDS to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan when the UN and Kofi Annan were both awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work on HIV/AIDS. Eddy has been the recipient of the World Economic Forum Global Leader of Tomorrow, presented in Davos in 2002.[15] RP has also been named one of the top 100 “most esteemed terrorism and national security experts” in America by the Center for American Progress and Foreign Policy Magazine in 2006. Eddy is a recipient of the Leland Fellowship, the Manfred Wörner Scholarship, and the Evangelische Akademie Scholarship.

Eddy has made numerous appearances in national media including on PBS, Charlie Rose, Fox News, CBS, CNN, and NPR.[citation needed] Eddy has published several editorials and articles, mostly related to decision making, counterterrorism and national security. Eddy testified before the US House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security in March 2008.[16]

Eddy was a Producer of 'Cuba: The Conversation Continues a 2016 Grammy Award winning Jazz album and Latin Grammy award winner by Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. Eddy is also a Producer of the 2017 Grammy Award winning orchestral jazz album[17] The Presidential Suite Eight Variations of Freedom by Ted Nash.

Along with two-time New York Times bestselling author and national security veteran Richard A. Clarke, Eddy co-wrote the Amazon and Publishers Weekly Best Seller,[18] and award-winning, Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes published by HarperCollins in 2017. Warnings is a book about how to assess risk and make better decisions in the realms of national security, complex technology, the US economy, and risks to civilization.[19] Warnings won the 2018 Axiom Business Book of the Year Silver Medal.[20]

Selected publications and appearances[edit]


  1. ^ "The Terrorism Index". 14 June 2006. Retrieved 2011-07-06.
  2. ^ "Manhattan Institute for Policy Research". Archived from the original on 2009-10-05. Retrieved 2010-01-04.
  3. ^ "OSTP NSTC ADDRESSING THE THREAT OF EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES". clinton3.nara.gov. Retrieved 2017-01-18.
  4. ^ a b c "Linkedin - R.P. Eddy". Retrieved 2011-07-06.
  5. ^ "Ergo - Our Team". Retrieved 2011-07-06.
  6. ^ "The Fletcher School - International Business Center". Retrieved 2011-07-06.
  7. ^ "Center for Policing Terrorism". Archived from the original on 2011-06-04. Retrieved 2011-07-06.
  8. ^ "Chakravorti, Bhaskar. "Finding Competitive Advantage in Adversity." Harvard Business Review (1 November 2010)". Retrieved 2011-07-06.
  9. ^ "Council on Foreign Relations Annual Report 2010" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-07-06.
  10. ^ "Council on Foreign Relations Policy Symposium". Retrieved 2011-09-15.
  11. ^ "Eddy NYPD's Counterterror Eddorts". Retrieved 2011-09-15.
  12. ^ "Madison Policy Forum". Retrieved 2011-07-06.
  13. ^ "National Consortium for Advancing Policing Board of Advisors". Retrieved 2011-07-06.
  14. ^ "Manhattan Institute - R.P. Eddy". Retrieved 2011-07-06.
  15. ^ "World Economic Forum". Retrieved 2011-07-06.
  16. ^ "Testimony before The House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment Hearing, "The Resilient Homeland: How DHS Intelligence Should Empower America to Prepare for, Prevent, and Withstand Terrorist Attacks". Retrieved 2011-09-15.
  17. ^ editor. "Grammy Award Winner Ted Nash Talks Presidential Speeches". Retrieved 2017-04-18.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  18. ^ Clarke, Richard A.; Eddy, R. P. (23 May 2017). Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes. ISBN 978-0062488022.
  19. ^ "Warnings | Home". www.warningsbook.net. Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  20. ^ "2018 Press & Medalist Page". www.axiomawards.com. Retrieved 2019-10-19.