Christian Whiton

Senior Fellow, Strategy and Public Diplomacy

Christian Whiton is a senior fellow for strategy and public diplomacy at the Center.  He was a State Department senior advisor during the George W. Bush and Donald J. Trump administrations.

In the Trump administration, Whiton was a senior advisor for strategic communications at the State Department.  He advised the new administration on public diplomacy, media, and East Asia issues.  On the presidential transition, he served as the media advisor for Rex Tillerson and Nikki Haley for their confirmations.

During the Bush administration, Whiton was a speechwriter for the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, and was later the deputy special envoy for North Korean human rights issues.

Whiton has held communications and policy roles on several presidential campaigns, including the Giuliani (2008), Gingrich (2012), and Cruz (2016) campaigns.

Outside of government, Whiton has focused on public affairs, corporate communications, and political risk analysis, including as a principal for DC International Advisory.  From 1996-2000, he worked for the corporate finance practice of KPMG LLP, where he oversaw daily activities of mergers and acquisitions engagements.

Whiton earned undergraduate degrees in History and Economics from Tulane University.  He holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Whiton is the author of “Smart Power: Between Diplomacy and War” (Potomac Books), and has appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox Business, Fox News, and other networks.  His articles have been published by the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Time, Daily Caller, Huffington Post, and numerous other publications.

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