Christopher Bright

Christopher Bright is a diplomatic historian and professorial lecturer at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.  His interests include post-war U.S. grand strategy, intelligence, and nuclear weapons.  He is particularly focused on how the past can inform contemporary policy.

For many years, Mr. Bright led a subcommittee staff on the Committee on Armed Services in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Previously, he managed national security and foreign affairs issues for now-retired U.S. Rep. Tom Davis and served as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Trade on the cabinet staff of Virginia Governor George Allen.

He has contributed to World Affairs and other publications, and is the author of Continental Defense in the Eisenhower Era: Nuclear Antiaircraft Arms and the Cold War (Palgrave Macmillan).  Christopher Bright has been featured on Colorado Public Radio, NBC5 (Chicago), C-SPAN, and in WashingtonPost.com, Washington Times, Newport News (Virginia) Daily PressAir Force Magazine, and other media outlets.  His speaking engagements include the Wilson Center, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Robert L. Long Distinguished Lecture at Albuquerque’s National Museum of Nuclear Science and History.

Christopher Bright holds an A.B. from William and Mary, an M.A. (Foreign Affairs) from the University of Virginia, and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. from GW, where he served as a university trustee.