Alan Platt is a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where he lectures on US foreign and national security policy. He also provides strategic guidance to select companies seeking counsel on government affairs and serves on four nonprofit boards.
For the past 18 years, Mr. Platt was a Principal in the Washington office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, where he concentrated on foreign economic and international security matters. He also counseled a number of companies on understanding the Executive and Legislative processes.
Prior to joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Mr. Platt was Chief of the Arms Transfer Division of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, the principal foreign policy advisor to former Senator Edmund Muskie, a senior staff member of The RAND Corporation, and a Fellow at The Hoover Institution. He has written three books and more than 30 articles on national security and international economic issues. He has given lectures in more than 60 countries around the world.
Mr. Platt received a B.A. from Princeton University in 1965, an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 1967, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1973. He has also studied in Grenoble, France and Bologna, Italy.
Mr. Platt lives with his wife Joan in Washington, D.C., where his three children reside. He is an avid tennis player and international traveler.