Jamie F. Metzl currently serves as Executive Vice President of the Asia Society, where he is responsible for the overseeing the institution’s strategic directions and overall program activities.. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in the Project on the Information Revolution and World Politics. His past career work has been with the United States Department of State during the Clinton Administration, serving as Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy & Public Affairs and Information Technology. Metzl was also the Senior Coordinator for the State Department’s International Public Information division. Previously he served as Director for Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs at the National Security Council.
Metzl’s has served as Deputy Staff Director and Senior Counselor of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Senior Coordinator for International Public Information and Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the Department of State, and Director for Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs on the National Security Council. At the White House, he coordinated public information campaigns regarding Iraq and Kosovo. Metzl was a Human Rights Officer for the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) from 1991 to 1993, where he used his fluency in the Khmer language to help create a human rights investigation and monitoring unit for Cambodia.
Metzl directed a Council on Foreign Relation 2003 study that demonstrated that the United States was not spending enough to prepare first responders -- fire, police, rescue and medical agencies -- to handle another catastrophic attack, areport prominently .
Metzl has been interviewed extensively on national media regarding his fields of expertise, including appearances on Meet the Press, The Today Show and was interviewed for On the Record with Greta Van Susteren. CFR Report on First Responders. He authored a book on human rights in Southeast Asia, and his writing has been published in The New York Times and Foreign Affairs. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Co-Chair of the Board of the Partnership for a Secure America and a former White House Fellow.
Education and background
His novel The Depths of the Sea was published by St. Martin's Press in May 2004.
- "U.S. Spending Against Terror Is Too Low, Report Warns", The New York Times, June 29, 2003
- Metzl appeared together with Warren Rudman and was interviewed by host Tim Russert about emergency responders being drastically underfunded and dangerously unprepared, appearing on June 29, 2003
- THE NATIONAL DEBATE - WEEKEND RUN DOWN: June 28-29, 2003, accessed November 28, 2006
- "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
- "Publication Image Information intervention: When switching channels isn't enough" by Jamie F Metzl. Foreign Affairs. Nov/Dec 1997. pg. 15, 6 pgs
- USC Center on Public Diplomacy Profile
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum biography
- Source Watch profile