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David E. Sanger

David E. Sanger

Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

 

Experience

David E. Sanger is Chief Washington Correspondent of the New York Times and is one of the newspaper's senior writers. In a three-decade-long career at the paper, he has reported from New York, Tokyo and Washington, specializing in foreign policy, national security and the politics of globalization. Twice he has been a member of Times teams that won the Pulitzer Prize.

He is also the author of two New York Times best-sellers: “Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power’’ (2012) and “The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power,’’ (2009) . "Confront and Conceal" revealed the depth and scope of American efforts to delay Iran’s nuclear program, and described the battles inside the administration over policy toward Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Arab uprisings and China.

In addition to the Pulitzers, Mr. Sanger has won numerous awards for White House and national security coverage, including the Weintal Prize for diplomatic reporting in 2004 for his coverage of the Iraq and Korea crises, the Aldo Beckman prize for coverage of the presidency and, in 2003 and 2007, the Merriman Smith Memorial Award for coverage of national security strategy. In 2007, The New York Times received the DuPont Award from the Columbia Journalism School for "Nuclear Jihad: Can Terrorists Get the Bomb?," following Mr. Sanger and his colleague William J. Broad as they investigated the A.Q. Khan nuclear proliferation network. 

Soon after joining the Times in 1982, Mr. Sanger began specializing in the confluence of economic and foreign policy. Throughout the '80's and '90's, he wrote extensively about how issues of national wealth and competitiveness came to redefine the relationships between the United States and its major allies. He was correspondent and then bureau chief in Tokyo for six years, travelling widely in Asia. He wrote some of the first pieces describing North Korea's nuclear weapons program, the rise and fall of Japan as one of the world's economic powerhouses, and China's emerging role.

Mr. Sanger appears regularly on public affairs and news shows, including "Washington Week'' on PBS, and the three main Sunday news shows, "Face the Nation,'' "Meet the Press'' and "This Week.'' He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Strategy Group.

Mr. Sanger graduated from Harvard College in 1982 with magna cum laude honors. He has served as adjunct professor of public policy and the first senior fellow in The Press and National Security at the Belfer Center at the Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote "Confront and Conceal.'' He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Sherill, and their two sons.

 

 

By Date

 

2014

March 22, 2014

"N.S.A. Breached Chinese Servers Seen as Security Threat"

Magazine or Newspaper Article, New York Times

By David E. Sanger, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School and Nicole Perloth

American officials have long considered Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant, a security threat, blocking it from business deals in the United States for fear that the company would create “back doors” in its equipment that could allow the Chinese military or Beijing-backed hackers to steal corporate and government secrets.

 

2013

June 2012

Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power

Book

By David E. Sanger, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

President Obama's administration came to office with the world on fire. Confront and Conceal is the story of how, in his first term, Obama secretly used the most innovative weapons and tools of American power, including our most sophisticated—and still unacknowledged—arsenal of cyberweapons, aimed at Iran's nuclear program.

Confront and Conceal—with an updated epilogue for this paperback edition—provides an unflinching account of these complex years of presidential struggle, in which America's ability to exert control grows ever more elusive.

 

 

2012

June 6, 2012

"Obama's 'Secret Wars' Against America's Threats"

News

By David E. Sanger, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

David Sanger, senior fellow at the Belfer Center and adjunct lecturer in public policy at Harvard Kennedy School, was interviewed on NPR’s “On Point” about his new book on President Obama’s foreign policy efforts, including a cybercampaign against Iran’s nuclear program. Sanger’s book, Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, was published this week.

 

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