James A. Lewis

Senior Vice President at CSIS


Global Partnership for Responsible Cyber Behaviour Advisory Board Member

James Andrew Lewis is an internationally recognized expert on technology and cybersecurity.  He is currently a Senior Vice President at CSIS, where he has authored numerous publications.  Before joining CSIS, he was a diplomat and a member of the Senior Executive Service and worked on a range of political-military issues.

Lewis developed ground-breaking policies on satellite remote sensing, encryption, high-tech exports to China, and cybersecurity.  He led the U.S. delegation to the Wassenaar Arrangement’s Experts Group and was rapporteur for the UN's successful 2010, 2013, and 2015 Group of Government Experts on Information Security.  He leads a long-running Track II Dialogue on cybersecurity with the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations.

Lewis served as a member of the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee, State’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy, the Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing, and advises government agencies on the security and intelligence implications of foreign investment. He is frequently quoted in the media, and has testified numerous times before Congress.  Lewis received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

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