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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 toward Europe and the Middle East. Currently, he is leading two in-depth studies: one that examines Iran’s challenge to the American-led regional order in the Middle East and another that investigates the future of Europe and transatlantic relations. He regularly briefs official delegations, news media, public intellectuals, and business leaders from around the world. He is also a regular commentator on major radio and television. While at the Institute, he has been named a next generation leader at 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.

In the Media

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Peter Rough discusses the Iowa caucus and the State of the Union speech.

Peter Rough discusses the Iowa caucus and the State of the Union speech.

CBC

Peter Rough discusses the Trump impeachment proceedings and the State of the Union address.

Peter Rough discusses the Trump impeachment proceedings and the State of the Union address.

Deutschlandfunk

Peter Rough discusses calls for an investigation into the recent crash of a Ukrainian flight in Iran.

Peter Rough discusses calls for an investigation into the recent crash of a Ukrainian flight in Iran.

CBC

Peter Rough discusses the crash of Flight 752 that was allegedly shot down by Iran.

Peter Rough discusses the crash of Flight 752 that was allegedly shot down by Iran.

CBC

Peter Rough discusses the Ukrainian plane crash in Iran and the Iranian missile attack.

Peter Rough discusses the Ukrainian plane crash in Iran and the Iranian missile attack.

CBC

Peter Rough discusses US-Iran tensions.

Peter Rough discusses US-Iran tensions.

KOCO News

In an interview on CBC, Peter Rough discusses the cease fire agreement with Turkey.

In an interview on CBC, Peter Rough discusses the cease fire agreement with Turkey.

CBC

Peter Rough discusses Obama endorsing Justin Trudeau.

Peter Rough discusses Obama endorsing Justin Trudeau.

CBC

In an Interview with Dotun Adebayo on BBC’s Up All Night, Peter Rough discusses the results of Austria’s snap election.

In an Interview with Dotun Adebayo on BBC’s Up All Night, Peter Rough discusses the results of Austria’s snap election.

BBC’s Up All Night

Peter Rough discussed the resignation of John Bolton as National Security Advisor.

Peter Rough discussed the resignation of John Bolton as National Security Advisor.

Deutschlandfunk

Peter Rough discusses the trajectory of the U.S.-Canada relationship.

Peter Rough discusses the trajectory of the U.S.-Canada relationship.

CBC

Peter Rough joins CBC News to discuss Sen. Elizabeth Warren's prospects in the presidential election, and what's ahead in the government shutdown, December 31, 2018

Peter Rough joins CBC News to discuss Sen. Elizabeth Warren's prospects in the presidential election, and what's ahead in the government shutdown, December 31, 2018

Peter Rough joins CBC News to discuss U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' resignation, December 21, 2018

Peter Rough joins CBC News to discuss U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' resignation, December 21, 2018

Peter Rough joins Fox Nation's Deep Dive to explore explore whether or not the United States should still be a part of NATO, January 22, 2019

Peter Rough joins Fox Nation's Deep Dive to explore explore whether or not the United States should still be a part of NATO, January 22, 2019

Peter Rough joins CBC to Discuss Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Departure From the Trump Administration, November 7, 2018

Peter Rough joins CBC to Discuss Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Departure From the Trump Administration, November 7, 2018

Peter Rough on ZDF, November 7, 2018

Peter Rough on ZDF, November 7, 2018

Peter Rough on CBC, November 6, 2018

Peter Rough on CBC, November 6, 2018

Peter Rough on CBC, October 26, 2018

Peter Rough on CBC, October 26, 2018

Peter Rough on The Hill TV, October 10, 2018

Peter Rough on The Hill TV, October 10, 2018

Peter Rough on CBC, October 5, 2018

Peter Rough on CBC, October 5, 2018

Peter Rough on SRF, July 27, 2018

Peter Rough on SRF, July 27, 2018

Peter Rough on CBC, July 11, 2018

Peter Rough on CBC, July 11, 2018

Peter Rough at the Geneva Press Club, February 20, 2018

Peter Rough at the Geneva Press Club, February 20, 2018

Peter Rough on Detektor Radio, February 6, 2018

Peter Rough on Detektor Radio, February 6, 2018

Peter Rough at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, February 2, 2018

Peter Rough at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, February 2, 2018

Peter Rough on ZDF, January 25, 2018

Peter Rough on ZDF, January 25, 2018

Peter Rough on ORF III, January 18, 2018

Peter Rough on ORF III, January 18, 2018

Peter Rough on ZDF, August 31, 2017

Peter Rough on ZDF, August 31, 2017

US-Politikberater über 100 Tage Trump, ZIB 2, April 28, 2017

US-Politikberater über 100 Tage Trump, ZIB 2, April 28, 2017

Trump Macht Ernst, ZDFmediathek, February 9, 2017

Trump Macht Ernst, ZDFmediathek, February 9, 2017

Nicht Alles auf die Goldwaage Legen, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, January 20, 2017

Nicht Alles auf die Goldwaage Legen, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, January 20, 2017