Ash Jain is director for democratic order with the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, where he oversees the Atlantic Council’s Democratic Order Initiative and D-10 Strategy Forum. He previously served as a member of the secretary of state’s policy planning staff, focusing on US alliances and partnerships, international norms, and challenges to the democratic order — including those posed by Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea.
Jain was a Bosch public policy fellow with the German Marshall Fund Transatlantic Academy and executive director for the Project for a United and Strong America, where he coordinated a bipartisan foreign policy task force to produce a blueprint for a values-based national security strategy, Setting Priorities for American Leadership. He also served as an adviser for the White House Office of Global Communications and with the staffs of Senators Fred Thompson and Dan Coats.
He is the author of several publications, including Strategy of Constrainment: Countering Russia’s Challenge to the Democratic Order (co-author); Like-Minded & Capable Democracies: A New Framework for Advancing a Liberal World Order (Council on Foreign Relations) and Nuclear Weapons and Iran’s Global Ambitions: Troubling Scenarios (Washington Institute for Near East Policy). His published articles and commentary have appeared in various news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, The Hill, C-SPAN, BBC, Canadian Broadcasting, Australian Broadcasting, and France 24.
Jain has also taught as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He earned a JD/MS in foreign service from Georgetown University and a BA in political science from the University of Michigan.