The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Directors' Lunch with Juan C. Zarate, Senior Adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Senior National Security Analyst, CBS News, in the Belfer Center Library.

Juan C. Zarate, Esq. is a Senior Adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the senior national security analyst for CBS News. He advises companies and organizations on national, homeland, and financial-related security, technologies, and investments. Mr. Zarate sits on the Board of Advisors to the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), the Board of Advisors for Regulatory DataCorp, McLarty Associates Film Advisory Board, and the Board of Directors for American Charities for Palestine (ACP).

Mr. Zarate served as the Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism from 2005 to 2009. In this role, Mr. Zarate was responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of the U.S. government's counterterrorism strategy, including chairing the Counterterrorism Security Group. He was also responsible for overseeing all policies related to transnational security threats, including counternarcotics, maritime security, hostages, international organized crime, money laundering, and critical energy infrastructure protection.

Prior to joining the NSC, Mr. Zarate served as the first Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes where he led Treasury's domestic and international efforts to attack terrorist financing, build comprehensive anti-money laundering systems, and expand the use of Treasury powers to advance national security interests.

Mr. Zarate also led the global efforts to hunt Saddam Hussein's assets, resulting in the return of over $3 billion of Iraqi assets from the U.S. and around the world. Mr. Zarate served at the Treasury Department from 2001 to 2005, where he received the Treasury Medal.

Prior to working at the Department of the Treasury, Mr. Zarate served as a prosecutor in the Department of Justice's Terrorism and Violent Crime Section, where he worked on terrorism cases, including the USS Cole investigation. Mr. Zarate is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University and a cum laude graduate of the Harvard Law School. He was a Rotary International Fellow at the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain.

Mr. Zarate is a noted commentator on national security issues with a weekly online segment for CBS News called "Flash Points." He is a recognized author with publications appearing in the Wall St. Journal, International Herald Tribune, LA Times, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Quarterly, Politico,, Stanford Journal of International Law, and the National Review. He is the author of the book, Forging Democracy: A Comparative Study of the Effects of U.S. Foreign Policy on Central American Democratization (University Press of America, 1994).

Mr. Zarate will be a Visiting Lecturer of Law at the Harvard Law School in the spring of 2011.


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