Paul Wolfowitz is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) where he works on development and national security issues.

Before joining AEI, Mr. Wolfowitz spent more than three decades in public service and higher education, working in the administrations of seven different presidents. Most recently, he served as president of the World Bank and deputy secretary of defense.At the World Bank he focused on the problem of corruption and the challenges of sub-Saharan Africa. As ambassador to Indonesia and assistant secretary of state for East Asia in the Reagan administration, Mr. Wolfowitz was an advocate of reform and political openness. He was involved in Persian Gulf security for almost 30 years during three different tours at the Department of Defense.

Mr. Wolfowitz has been widely published in many outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Sunday Times of London. His television appearances include NBC’s “Meet the Press,” CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” and Fox Business Network’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight.”

Mr. Wolfowitz has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in mathematics from Cornell University.


  • Chairman, US-Taiwan Business Council, 2008–present
  • President, World Bank Group, 2005–07
  • Deputy Secretary of Defense, 2001–05; Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, 1989–93; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Regional Programs, 1977–80, US Department of Defense
  • Dean and Professor of International Relations, 1994–2001; Visiting Professor, 1980–81, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
  • Ambassador to Indonesia, 1986–89
  • Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs, 1982–86; Director of Policy Planning, 1981–82, US Department of State
  • Special Assistant, Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, 1973–77
  • Professor, Department of Political Science, Yale University, 1970–73


Ph.D., political science, University of Chicago
B.A., mathematics, Cornell University