Robert M. Scher

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Visiting Fellow

The Honorable Robert M. Scher is the Head of International Affairs for bp America. In this position Scher tracks and analyses U.S. foreign policy as it affects bp’s businesses around the world. Prior to joining bp, he spent over 25 years in senior global affairs and national security roles in and outside the U.S. Government, most recently serving as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Capabilities in the Department of Defense 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 Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, South and Southeast Asia; DASD, Plans; and as a member of State’s Policy Planning Office. Scher received his Bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College, and a Master’s of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Expertise: Climate Change, Conflict, Defense, Diplomacy, Energy, International Relations, Asia-Pacific, United States