John Raidt is a nonresident senior fellow in the Middle East Security Initiative of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. He also serves as a scholar at the Forum for Innovation and as an adviser 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.