Paul J. Saunders is Executive Director of The Nixon Center. In addition to being the Center's chief operating officer, he directs its U.S. - Russian Relations Program and works on other issues, including energy and climate change, U.S. - European relations, and the role of democracy in U.S. foreign policy.
He is also Associate Publisher of the foreign policy magazine, The National Interest, published bi-monthly by The Nixon Center, and Publisher of National Interest online.
Mr. Saunders served in the Bush Administration from 2003- 2005 as Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs. In that capacity, he worked on a broad range of transnational issues, in particular with respect to Russia, Ukraine, the former Soviet Union, as well as Iraq, China and India.
Mr. Saunders served as Director of The Nixon Center from 1997 - 2003, and was Assistant Director of the Center from its founding in 1994 until 1997. In 2000, he was a Senior Policy Advisor to the Speaker's Advisory Group on Russia, established by the Republican Policy Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. He has written extensively for major newspapers and journals, and is a frequent commentator in national media, including CNN, Fox, and MSNBC. Mr. Saunders is the author of Russian Energy and European Security, Common Challenges: A U.S.-European-Japanese Dialogue on Energy Security and Climate Change, and America, Russia and the Greater Middle East: Challenges and Opportunities (with Nixon Center Program Director Geoffrey Kemp).