Stephen E. Flynn

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Stephen E. Flynn is the Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Flynn is a retired U.S. Coast Guard commander and foremost expert on homeland security and border control, director of the Council's Hart-Rudman Task Force on Homeland Security. Flynn's expertise is in homeland security, transportation security, border control; international crime and the drug trade.

"Dr. Flynn serves as the principal adviser to the bipartisan congressional Port Security Caucus. In his position at the Council on Foreign Relations, Dr. Flynn directs a project on terror and the unprotected homeland. He served as director of the Office of Global Issues, National Security Council, ... and the White House Office of Emergency Operations. ...Earlier, he served as guest scholar and project co-director of the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution and as adjunct fellow and project director of the Political-Military Program and the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies" [1]


Flynn received his Ph.D., M.A.L.D., from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; B.S., U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Selected Publications

"America the Vulnerable," in Foreign Affairs (Jan/Feb 2002; "Transforming Border Management in the Post-September 11 World" in Governance & Public Security, Syracuse University (2002); "The Unguarded Homeland" in How Did This Happen? Terrorism and the New War, PublicAffairs (Nov 2001); and "Beyond Border Control" in Foreign Affairs (Nov/Dec 2000).


Appointed to the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Science and Technology for Countering Terrorism in Transportation and Distribution Systems (2002); Legion of Merit (2001); Coast Guard Academy Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award (1999); Annenberg Scholar-in-Residence, University of Pennsylvania (1993-94); International Affairs Fellowship, Council on Foreign Relations (1991-92); Distinguished Graduate, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (1988).