Richard Kessler - Rapporteur, Participant

Richard J. Kessler, in 25 years of Congressional service,  has served as Staff Director of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate; Staff Director of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives; Subcommittee Staff Director of the Committee on Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate; Professional Staff Member, Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee, International Relations Committee, U.S. House of Representatives; and Professional Staff Member of the Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Senate. He holds a TS/SCI/HCS/Q clearance.

Prior to joining the Congressional Staff, he taught at The American University, consulted for a variety of government agencies, was a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, was Deputy Director for the Project on Energy and National Security at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and worked in the Philippines and Senegal. He has published widely, including Rebellion and Repression in the Philippines (Yale Press).

He served with the United States Army in Vietnam and was an instructor at the U.S. Army Intelligence School.  He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, the Vietnam Honor Medal (Second Class), the Good Conduct Medal, and two Battle Stars.

He graduated from Colgate University with a B.A. in 1970, and received a M.A. (1974), M.A.L.D. (1976), and Ph.D. (1986) from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.



The United States Senate


Former Staff Director,
Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs