Paul Wolfowitz spent more than three decades in public service and higher education. Most recently, he served as president of the World Bank and deputy secretary of defense. As ambassador to Indonesia, Mr. Wolfowitz became known for his advocacy of reform and political openness and for his interest in development issues, which dates back to his doctoral dissertation on water desalination in the Middle East. At AEI, Mr. Wolfowitz works on development issues.


  • Chairman, U.S.-Taiwan Business Council, 2008-present
  • President, World Bank Group, 2005-2007
  • Deputy Secretary of Defense, 2001-2005; Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, 1989-93; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Regional Programs, 1977-80, U.S. 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, U.S. 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