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Peter Rough

Senior Fellow

Peter Rough is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. where he writes and comments on U.S. foreign policy, with a special focus on Europe. He regularly briefs official delegations, news media, public intellectuals, and business leaders from around the world. Mr. Rough also convenes several track 1.5 dialogues.

Mr. Rough is a regular commentator on major radio and television and speaker in public forums. While at the Institute, he has been named a next generation leader at the Munich Security Conference, Atlantik-Brücke, the Center for New American Security, and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies. He has also helped edit Hudson’s journal, Current Trends in Islamist Ideology.

Mr. Rough is also principal and founder of Hilltop Solutions, a limited liability company that performs writing and research services for academics, executives, and political professionals. Previously, as director of research in the Office of George W. Bush, Mr. Rough assisted the former president with his memoir, Decision Points. In 2014, his highly acclaimed collaboration with Leila Fawaz on a social history of World War I in the Middle East, A Land of Aching Hearts, was published by Harvard University Press.

From 2007 to 2009, Mr. Rough served as associate director in the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives, where he helped coordinate political strategy and outreach to key stakeholders. He has also completed stints as a policy analyst at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where he was staff briefer to Administrator Henrietta Fore, and as an advisor to U.S. Army Special Operations Command, where he analyzed Unconventional Warfare doctrine for the Commanding General’s Strategic Initiatives Group. In 2012, he was responsible for U.S.-Russia bilateral relations as a member of the Romney for President Russia Working Group. In 2016, he served as a member of the Rubio for President Middle East Working Group.

Mr. Rough began his career at the Republican National Committee specializing in political research. A proud native of Des Moines, Iowa, he holds his B.A., summa cum laude, from the George Washington University and M.A. in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, where he was a Cabot Corporation Scholar.

He is a member of the board of the Radio in the American Sector (RIAS) Berlin Commission and a native German speaker.

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In an interview on Puls 24, Peter Rough discusses developments in the conflict between the West and Russia.()”:

Peter Rough was quoted in Quartz about the Trump administration’s foreign policy approach.

Peter Rough was quoted in Martens Centre about the impact of the 2020 election on the future of transatlantic relations.

Peter Rough was quoted in Quartz about the impact of the Trump presidency on Europe.

A recent piece by Michael Doran and Peter Rough about Chinese imperial hegemony in the Middle East was mentioned in National Interest

Peter Rough and Husain Haqqani were quoted in Vox about Joe Biden’s foreign policy.

Michael Doran and Peter Rough were quoted in WSJ Morning Editorial featuring their piece highlighting China’s influence in the Middle East.

Michael Doran and Peter Rough were quoted in Voice of America about China’s strategy in the Middle East and what it could mean for the United States.

Michael Doran and Peter Rough were quoted in Global Security about China’s attempts to gain supremacy in the Middle East.

Michael Doran and Peter Rough were quoted in Jewish Insider about China’s attempts to attain supremacy in the Middle East.

Peter Rough was quoted in Nikkei Asian Review about the need for a transatlantic coalition against China.

Peter Rough was quoted in Breitbart about ways China could stand to gain from the Coronavirus pandemic.

Peter Rough was quoted in Tiroler Tageszeitung about Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.

Peter Rough was mentioned in Washington Examiner about Iran’s use of proxy forces and unconventional warfare.

Peter Rough was mentioned in National Post about PM Trudeau’s call for an investigation into the recent Ukrainian plane crash in Iran.

Peter Rough discussed the future of NATO on Deustchlandfunk

Peter Rough was mentioned in World Tribune about nationalist trends among Eastern European leaders.

Peter Rough was interviewed in N-TV about the U.S.-German relationship and the state of American politics.

Peter Rough was mentioned in WirtschaftsWoche about punitive tariffs on car manufacturers.

Peter Rough was mentioned in LA Times about liberal international order and burden-sharing among NATO countries.

Peter Rough is quoted in Mosaic on why and how the U.S. should salvage the alliance with Turkey.

Peter Rough is quoted in PBS on how the European Parliament’s elections could impact the future of Brexit.

Peter Rough is quoted by Foreign Affairs on whether the U.S. needs to step down from regional issues in the Middle East.

Peter Rough quoted by Yahoo on the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Peter Rough quoted by TRT on U.S. reimposing sanctions on Iran

Peter Rough quoted in Neues Deutschland on American democracy and Trump. (To view in PDF format, click here.)

Peter Rough interviewed by SRF Radio, Switzerland, on President Trump’s Middle East Policy