Paul Clarke is a team leader with the Institute for Defense Analyses, where he directs programs to combat terrorism and organized crimes. As an active-duty Air Force officer, he served in intelligence positions, culminating with a deployment to the Persian Gulf. He served on the National Security Council staff and later as Assistant Press Secretary for Foreign Affairs at the White House, under administrations of both parties. As an independent security expert, he organized and led combating violent extremism conferences in South Asia; counterterrorism training in Central Asia; regional seminars to combat gangs and narco-traffickers in Latin America, and civil-military programs in Africa.
Formerly, Paul was an adjunct professor at the Naval War College, an associate dean at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey and a senior defense analyst at the RAND Corporation. He also participates in analysis and combatting terrorism courses with California’s Office of Emergency Services. Dr. Clarke grew up in Mill Valley, and upon retiring from the Air Force, returned to Marin and volunteers with the Marin World Affairs Council and Marin United Nations Association.
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