NEWPORT – James M. Ludes, executive director of the American Security Project – a think tank in Washington, D.C. – will serve as the newest executive director of the Claiborne Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University.
The third director of the center since it opened in 1996, Ludes is expected to start in August. He succeeds P.H. Liotta, who served as Pell Center director for seven years.
Ludes served as a member of then-President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team from November 2008 to February 2009. As a member of the agency-review team, he worked inside the Department of Defense to identify issues the new administration would need to address.
From 2002 to 2006, Ludes was legislative assistant to Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., for defense and foreign policy. He coordinated defense-policy issues for Sen. Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign, assisting in the development of policies on military end-strength, force structure, and improved benefits for military families and veterans.
Ludes hold a doctorate in history from Georgetown University. He is editor of, and contributor to, Iraq Uncensored, and co-editor of two previous books: “Attacking Terrorism” and “Twenty-First Century Proliferation.”
He is a native of Manchester, Conn., and received his bachelor’s degree in history and modern languages from Providence College in 1993. •