Blog PostSep 3, 2020
What world post COVID-19?: A conversation with Mr. John Raidt
By Peter Engelke, Anca Agachi
Mr. John Raidt, security and public policy expert and practitioner, discusses political dysfunction in the US and the need for democratic renewal in light of the pandemic.
New AtlanticistMay 13, 2020
Forging national renewal from the wreckage of coronavirus
By John Raidt
As we mourn the lives lost from pandemic, the United States is presented with a new and profound national mission—to emerge from crisis better and stronger. Perhaps the lessons learned and reforms spurred by COVID-19 can help unify the nation and make our public institutions more cohesive, functional and agile, propelling American excellence in this still young century. Perhaps history may even record that seizing this opportunity prevented disasters more destructive than coronavirus.
John Raidt is a nonresident senior fellow in the Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. He also serves as a scholar at the Forum for Innovation and as an advisor to the Chairman of the US Chamber of Commerce. Raidt has over twenty-one years of public policy experience including national and homeland security, energy, the environment, and natural resource management. Before coming to the Atlantic Council, he served as a professional staff member of three national commissions, including the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission), the Commission on the National Guard and Reserves, and the Independent Commission on the Security Forces of Iraq.
In 2008, Raidt served as deputy to General James L. Jones (USMC-Ret.), Special Envoy for Middle East Regional Security, focusing on resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. He has served as a senior staff member in the US Senate, including as the legislative director for US Senator John McCain and chief of staff of the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
Raidt is a public policy and strategic planning consultant and holds a master of public administration degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.