The Atlantic Council named genetics and national security expert Jamie Metzl as a nonresident fellow for technology and national security in its Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

Metzl is a senior adviser at a New York-based global investment firm. He previously served as executive vice president of the Asia Society, deputy staff director of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, senior coordinator for international public information at the US State Department, director for multilateral affairs on the National Security Council, and as a human rights officer for the United Nations in Cambodia. He has served as an election monitor on Afghanistan and the Philippines and advised the government of North Korea on the establishment of Special Economic Zones.

At the Scowcroft Center, Metzl will help advance the Center’s work in emerging and disruptive technologies as well as draw upon his expertise in a wide range of security issues, including Asia.  

Metzl is the author of a history of the Cambodian genocide and the novel The Depths of the Sea, both published by St. Martin’s Press. His novel Genesis Code, dealing with issues of human genetic enhancement in the context of a future US-China rivalry, will be published by Arcade in November 2014.

“Ongoing developments in bioengineering and genetics will forever change human capacity and security in the future,” said Vice President and Scowcroft Center Director Barry Pavel. “To this end, we are so pleased Jamie Metzl is joining the Brent Scowcroft Center to help us continue to strengthen our efforts mapping out how game-changing technological advances are affecting national security and foreign policy.”

Metzl will join the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC on November 7 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. for a public, on-the-record event titled “US-China Rivalry at the Genetic Frontier.” Space is limited. RSVP to to reserve your spot or to set up a sideline interview with him.

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