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Christopher Swift

Christopher Swift

Christopher Swift is an attorney and political scientist specializing in international law and contemporary armed conflict.  A fellow at the University of Virginia Law School’s Center for National Security Law, he has travelled to Afghanistan, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union to examine al-Qaeda’s relationships with indigenous Muslim insurgencies. Dr. Swift’s legal practice focuses on complex international disputes, compliance with U.S. foreign trade and investment laws, and various aspects of public and private international law. Prior to joining the University of Virginia, he served in the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), where he enforced economic sanctions programs targeting terrorist syndicates, weapons proliferators, and other specially designated entities. Between 2006 and 2007, Dr. Swift served an international law fellow at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, where he examined armed conflict and sectarian violence in Iraq. He was previously affiliated with organizations including Freedom House, where he worked on Russian affairs, and the Center for Strategic & International Studies, where he served as an aide to former national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski.A term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Dr. Swift has appeared as a guest analyst for CNN International, BBC News, National Public RadioRT Television, Voice of America and other leading international broadcast media. He holds an A.B. in Government and History from Dartmouth College, an M.St. in International Relations of the University of Cambridge, and a J.D. from Georgetown University. He successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis in Politics & International Studies at the University of Cambridge in October 2010. More Information