Robert M. Scher

Visiting Fellow

Robert M. Scher is the Head of International Affairs for BP America. In this position he tracks and analyses U.S. foreign policy as it affects BP’s businesses around the world. Scher has over 25 years of experience in senior global affairs and national security roles in and outside of the U.S. Government, most recently serving as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Capabilities in the Pentagon from 2014 to 2017. Prior to becoming Assistant Secretary, Scher held a series of progressively more senior roles at the Departments of Defense and State focused on defense strategy and Asian foreign policy, including as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, South and Southeast Asia; DASD, Plans; and as a member of State’s Policy Planning Office. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College, and a Master’s in international affairs from Columbia University.

Expertise: Asia-Pacific; Defense; Energy; International Relations; Power & Security


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