As Director of the Global Security and Human Rights Initiative, Christopher Beecroft works with an international group of retired senior military, law enforcement and security sector leaders who are strongly committed to human rights issues––such as the elimination of torture––to engage in national security policy discourse at the national, regional, and global levels.
Chris has over fifteen years of international affairs, national security, defense, policy making, and political experience, having worked in government and with international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and think tanks. His government service included eight years in the international policy division of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he served as country director for the United Kingdom, Turkey, Romania, and Bulgaria, among other countries. He also managed Black Sea regional engagement, the Southeast European Defense Ministerial (SEDM) process, and the Warsaw Initiative, a multimillion dollar program which supported cooperation between the U.S. and Central and Eastern European countries.
Chris has also worked at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the World Bank, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and on several presidential election campaigns.
Chris received an MPA from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in political science from the University of Rochester.