The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a directors' lunch with Richard A. Clarke, Partner, Good Harbor Consulting and Robert. K. Knake, International Affairs Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations.

Richard A. Clarke is an internationally recognized expert on security, including homeland security, national security, cyber security, and counterterrorism. He is currently an on-air consultant for ABC News and teaches at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Mr. Clarke served the last three Presidents as a senior White House Advisor. Over the course of an unprecedented 11 consecutive years of White House service, he held the titles of Special Assistant to the President for Global Affairs, National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism and Special Advisor to the President for Cyber Security.

Prior to his White House years, Mr. Clarke served for 19 years in the Pentagon, the Intelligence Community, and State Department. During the Reagan Administration, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence. During the Bush (41) Administration, he was Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs and coordinated diplomatic efforts to support the 1990-1991 Gulf War and the subsequent security arrangements.

As a Partner in Good Harbor, Mr. Clarke advises clients on a range of issues including corporate security risk management, information security technology, dealing with the Federal Government on security and IT issues and counterterrorism.


Robert K. Knake is a Principal at Good Harbor where he specializes in homeland security and critical infrastructure protection. He serves domestic and foreign clients in the areas of maritime security, emergency preparedness, risk assessment and strategic planning. He also supports Good Harbor's clients on aspects of cyber security including business development and strategic investment.

Mr. Knake joined Good Harbor after completing a master's degree in international security studies at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. While at the Kennedy School he served as a course assistant to Richard Clarke and Rand Beers and as a research assistant at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs on the Homeland Security Partnerships Initiative. During 2004, he worked at Boston Emergency Medical Services where he authored the Medical Consequence Management Plan for the 2004 Democratic National Convention in addition to other duties.

Prior to his graduate studies, Mr. Knake was a research associate in national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations where he worked with Stephen Flynn and led research for the Task Force on Homeland Security known as Hart-Rudman II. Mr. Knake received a B.A. in History and Government from Connecticut College in 2001. He has written on security issues for The Boston Herald, The New London Day, The San Antonio-Express News, CSO and In 2006, he directed, with Steven Simon, the Century Foundation Task Force report "The Forgotten Homeland."

Mr. Knake is currently on a leave of absence from Good Harbor as an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations where he is studying cyber war.


As space is limited for this event, RSVPs will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

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