For more than 40 years, Congressman Lee H. Hamilton has been an important voice on international relations and American national security. From 1965 to 1999 he served Indiana in the U.S. House, where his chairmanships included the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran. He also was chairman of the Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress and worked to promote integrity and efficiency in the institution.
Since retiring from Congress, Hamilton has been at the center of efforts to address some of our nation’s highest-profile homeland security and foreign policy challenges. He served as Vice Chairman of the 9/11 Commission, which issued its report in 2004. He was Co-Chairman, with former Secretary of State James A. Baker, of the Iraq Study Group, which in 2006 made recommendations on U.S. policy options in Iraq. He was Co-Chairman, with former Sen. Spencer Abraham, of the Independent Task Force on Immigration and America’s Future, which issued a report in 2006 calling for reform of the nation’s immigration laws and system. Currently he is Co-Chairman, with former White House National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft, of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future.
From 1999 through 2010, Hamilton was President of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, an institution in Washington, D.C., where scholars, policymakers and business leaders engage in comprehensive and non-partisan dialogue on public policy issues. Currently, Hamilton is Director of The Center on Congress at Indiana University, a non-partisan educational institution seeking to improve the public’s understanding of Congress and to inspire young people and adults to take an active part in revitalizing representative government in America.
He is also co-chair of the BPC’s Homeland Security Project, which is a successor to the 9/11 Commission that develops solutions to emerging threats.
- Statement: Statement by 9/11 Commission Chairs Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton
- Video: Opening remarks during the release of Threat Assessment report
- USA TODAY: Kean/Hamilton: Terror threat far different from 2001 | Today, the threat of terrorism is dramatically different from 2001. The leadership of al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan has been decimated by drone strikes. Affiliates in Yemen and Somalia have also suffered significant losses as a result of counterterrorism operations. The threat, however, is evolving, as outlined in a report, "Jihadist Terrorism: A Threat Assessment," which we are releasing Monday through a project at the Bipartisan Policy Center, which we co-chair.
- The Wall Street Journal: Diffuse Terror Groups Said to Be a Threat to U.S. | Al Qaeda has become more diffuse—much of its core structure has been weakened, but it has expanded through a number of regional affiliate groups, according to a threat assessment from the Bipartisan Policy Center's Homeland Security Project, which is chaired by former Sept. 11 commission chiefs Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton.