Anne-Marie Slaughter : biography
Anne-Marie Slaughter (born September 27, 1958) is the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and was formerly Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She is an academic, foreign policy analyst, and public commentator through the old and new media. She served as Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. State Department from January 2009 until February 2011. She is an international lawyer and political scientist who has taught at the University of Chicago and Harvard University, and is a former president of the American Society of International Law. In 2013, Slaughter was named President of the New America Foundation.
Slaughter is married to Andrew Moravcsik, who teaches in Princeton’s Department of Politics. They have two children.Princeton Weekly Bulletin, April 30, 2007 p.1-7
Slaughter was raised in Charlottesville, Virginia, by her American father and Belgian mother.
Other policy, public, and corporate activities
In the 1980s, as a student, Slaughter was part of the team headed by Professor Abram Chayes that helped the Sandinista government of Nicaragua bring suit against the United States in the International Court of Justice for violations of international law, in the case Nicaragua v. United States (1986).
Since leaving the State Department, Slaughter remains a frequent commentator on foreign policy issues to both mainstream and new media, publishing op-eds in major newspapers, magazines and blogs around the world and curating foreign policy news for over 33,000 followers on Twitter. She appears regularly on CNN, the BBC, NPR, and PBS and lectures to academic, civic, and corporate audiences. She has written a regular opinion column for Project Syndicate since January 2012. She delivers more than 60 public lectures annually. Foreign Policy magazine named her to their annual list of the Top100 Global Thinkers in 2009, 2010, and 2011.
She has served on the board of numerous non-profit organizations, including the Council of Foreign Relations, the New America Foundation, the National Endowment for Democracy. She is currently on the Advisory Board of the Center for New American Security, the Truman Project, and the bipartisan Development Council of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She is currently a member of the Secretary of State’s Foreign Policy Advisory Board. In 2006, she chaired the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Democracy Promotion. She previously served on the Advisory Boards of the National Security Network and the Brookings Doha Center. From 2004-2007, she served as co-director of the Princeton Project on National Security.
In the private sector, she currently serves on the corporate board of Abt Associates. She has previously served on the board of the McDonald’s Corporation and on the Citigroup Economic and Political Strategies Advisory Group.
In 2003, Slaughter stated that the impending Iraq invasion might be viewed as "legitimate," apart from the question of whether it was illegal, if intervening countries: (a) found weapons of mass destruction, (b) were greeted as liberators, and (c) went back to the UN immediately. Slaughter subsequently concluded publicly that, according to these criteria, the invasion had been illegitimate. In 2011, after leaving her State Department position, Slaughter became a prominent early voice calling for Western military intervention in Libya, which she continues to support.
In 2013, Slaughter was named president of the New America Foundation, to start on 1 September.
Scholarship and teaching
Slaughter served on the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School from 1989–1994 and then as J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law on the faculty of Harvard Law School from 1994 to 2002. She then moved to Princeton to serve as dean of the Woodrow Wilson School, the first woman to hold that position. She held that post from 2002 to 2009, when she accepted an appointment at the US State Department. In 2011, she returned to Princeton as a professor.