Bureau of Counterterrorism

Deputy Coordinator for Homeland Security and Multilateral Affairs

Anne A. Witkowsky is the Deputy Coordinator for Homeland Security and Multilateral Affairs in the Bureau of Counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of State. She joined the State Department in December 2009.

Ms. Witkowsky was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) from 2000-2007 and a CSIS Senior Associate (non-resident) from 2007-2009. At CSIS, she led and contributed to major projects, on governance broadly, as well as on homeland security specifically. Under the guidance of a high level commission, she directed the CSIS Embassy of the Future study, which examined ways to enhance the effectiveness of the U.S. overseas diplomatic presence; served on two of the CSIS Beyond Goldwater-Nichols studies, including a study on enhancing government unity of effort for homeland security; and directed the CSIS “Steadfast Resolve” simulation of decision making at the cabinet level in the event of the next domestic terrorist attack. She also co-directed aviation management and security research. She was the executive director of the CSIS Commission on Science and Security (established by the Secretary of Energy), which examined how to maintain excellence in science and ensure sound security at the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories.

From 1993-2000, Ms. Witkowsky served as a Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control on the National Security Council (NSC) staff. As a member of the NSC staff, her primary areas of responsibility were European security and conventional arms control treaty negotiations and implementation.

Prior to taking her position on the NSC staff, Ms. Witkowsky served from 1988-2002 in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense, in the Office of Russian, Ukraine, and Eurasian Affairs and in the Office of European Security Negotiations. She began her career in the federal government as a Presidential Management Intern (PMI). She received the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service in 2000.

Her publications include: The Embassy of the Future (project director), Beyond Goldwater Nichols- Managing the Next Domestic Catastrophe: Ready (or Not)? (contributor); Beyond Goldwater Nichols Phase II Report- U.S. Government and Defense Reform for a New Strategic Era (contributor); and Science and Security in the 21st Century (project director).

Ms. Witkowsky is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a B.A. in Russian and East European studies from Yale University. She received her M.P.A., with a concentration in international security, from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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