Peter Rough

Senior Fellow and Director, Center on Europe and Eurasia

Peter Rough Hudson Institute

At A Glance:

Peter Rough is a senior fellow and director of the Center on Europe and Eurasia at Hudson Institute.

Biography

Peter Rough is a senior fellow and director of the Center on Europe and Eurasia at Hudson Institute. In that capacity, he writes and comments on US foreign policy and regularly briefs official delegations, news media, public intellectuals, academics, 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 US Agency for International Development, where he was staff briefer to Administrator Henrietta Fore, and as an advisor to US Army Special Operations Command, where he analyzed unconventional warfare doctrine for the commanding general’s Strategic Initiatives Group. In 2012, he was responsible for US-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 BA, summa cum laude, from the George Washington University and MA in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he was a Cabot corporation scholar.

He is a member of the board of the American Main Street Initiative and previously was a commissioner of the Radio in the American Sector (RIAS) Commission in Berlin. Mr. Rough is also a member of the Friends of Ukraine Network’s (FOUN) Task Force on National Security and vice chair of the Reagan Institute’s Foreign for American Leadership Europe group.

Mr. Rough is a native German speaker.

Events
12
June 2024
In-Person Event | Hudson Institute
The New Iron Triangle: Achieving Adaptability and Scale in Defense Acquisition
Featured Speakers:
Rob Wittman
Peter Rough
Shyam Sankar
Doug Bush
Andy Green
Joe Laurenti
Tim Rhatigan
Moderators:
Bryan Clark
Nadia Schadlow
Dan Patt
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Andrew Hill, a motor transport operator assigned to Combat logistics Battalion 6, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, fastens the propeller arms on a Tactical Resupply Vehicle 150 (TRV) unmanned aircraft system during test flight operations in Setermoen, Norway, Feb. 6, 2024.   (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christian Salazar)
12
June 2024
In-Person Event | Hudson Institute
The New Iron Triangle: Achieving Adaptability and Scale in Defense Acquisition

Join Hudson for a three-part event discussing the challenges and opportunities facing Western militaries and defense industries as they attempt to achieve relevant capability at scale.

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Andrew Hill, a motor transport operator assigned to Combat logistics Battalion 6, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, fastens the propeller arms on a Tactical Resupply Vehicle 150 (TRV) unmanned aircraft system during test flight operations in Setermoen, Norway, Feb. 6, 2024.   (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christian Salazar)
Featured Speakers:
Rob Wittman
Peter Rough
Shyam Sankar
Doug Bush
Andy Green
Joe Laurenti
Tim Rhatigan
Moderators:
Bryan Clark
Nadia Schadlow
Dan Patt
07
June 2024
In-Person Event | Hudson Institute
NATO in the New Era of Collective Defense
Featured Speakers:
Admiral Rob Bauer
Peter Rough
Moderator:
Nadia Schadlow
Admiral Rob Bauer, chair of the Military Committee of NATO, inspects the equipment of members of the German-French Brigade on July 10, 2023, in Gaiziunai, Lithuania. (Photo by Tim Ireland/Getty Images)
07
June 2024
In-Person Event | Hudson Institute
NATO in the New Era of Collective Defense

NATO CMC Admiral Rob Bauer will discuss where the alliance needs to improve, the state of the Russia-Ukraine War and deterrence against Moscow, and the readiness of NATO’s defense industrial base.

Admiral Rob Bauer, chair of the Military Committee of NATO, inspects the equipment of members of the German-French Brigade on July 10, 2023, in Gaiziunai, Lithuania. (Photo by Tim Ireland/Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Admiral Rob Bauer
Peter Rough
Moderator:
Nadia Schadlow
04
June 2024
In-Person Event | Hudson Institute
Supreme Allied Commanders on the Past, Present, and Future of NATO
Featured Speakers:
General Wesley Clark
General Phil Breedlove
General Curtis Scaparrotti
General Tod Wolters
Moderators:
Andrea Kendall-Taylor
Peter Rough
A NATO flag flies on April 30, 2024. (Photo by Robert Michael/picture alliance via Getty Images)
04
June 2024
In-Person Event | Hudson Institute
Supreme Allied Commanders on the Past, Present, and Future of NATO

To discuss the evolution of NATO warfighting capabilities and the state of the alliance, join Hudson for a conversation with four former supreme allied commanders Europe.

A NATO flag flies on April 30, 2024. (Photo by Robert Michael/picture alliance via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
General Wesley Clark
General Phil Breedlove
General Curtis Scaparrotti
General Tod Wolters
Moderators:
Andrea Kendall-Taylor
Peter Rough
22
May 2024
Past Event
Nikki Haley on the Dangers of National Security Weakness
Featured Speakers:
Nikki R. Haley
Peter Rough
Sarah May Stern
Nikki Haley speaks at the Palmetto Room on February 12, 2024, in Laurens, South Carolina. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
22
May 2024
Past Event
Nikki Haley on the Dangers of National Security Weakness

Join Hudson in welcoming Ambassador Nikki R. Haley for her inaugural event as the Walter P. Stern Chair. 

Nikki Haley speaks at the Palmetto Room on February 12, 2024, in Laurens, South Carolina. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Nikki R. Haley
Peter Rough
Sarah May Stern
A Swedish CB90-class fast assault crafts approaches the well deck of the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44), during small boat operations in support of Steadfast Defender 24, March 6, 2024. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Danielle Serocki)
Caption
A Swedish CB90-class fast assault craft approaches the well deck of the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall during exercise Steadfast Defender 24 on March 6, 2024, in the Norwegian Sea. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Danielle Serocki)
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