Andrew Imbrie

Georgetown Affiliate

Andrew Imbrie is an Associate Professor of the Practice in the Gracias Chair in Security and Emerging Technology at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Prior to his current role, he served as a senior advisor on cyber and emerging technology policy to the U.S. Ambassador and Deputy Ambassador at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. He worked previously as a Senior Fellow at Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), where he focused on issues at the intersection of artificial intelligence and international security and served as an advisor to the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence. From 2013 to 2017, he served as a member of the policy planning staff and speechwriter to Secretary John Kerry at the U.S. Department of State. He has also worked as a professional staff member on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and as a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 

His writings have appeared in such outlets as Foreign AffairsWar on the RocksSurvivalDefense One, and On Being. His first book is Power on the Precipice: The Six Choices America Faces in a Turbulent World (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2020). His second book, co-authored with Ben Buchanan, is The New Fire: War, Peace, and Democracy in the Age of AI (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2022). He received his B.A. in the humanities from Connecticut College and his M.A. from the Walsh School of Foreign Service. He holds a Ph.D. in international relations from Georgetown. A former member of the Digital Freedom Forum and 2018 class of the Shawn Brimley Next Generation National Security Leaders Fellowship at the Center for a New American Security, Andrew grew up as the son of a U.S. Foreign Service officer and has traveled to more than 60 countries.

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