Juan Carlos Zarate
Former Deputy Assistant to the President & Deputy National Security Adviser
Senior Adviser, Transnational Threats Project and Homeland Security & Counterterrorism Program, CSIS
Senior National Security Consultant & Analyst, CBS News
Juan C. Zarate, Esq. is a Senior Adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies
(CSIS), the senior national security analyst for CBS News, and a Visiting Lecturer of Law at the Harvard Law School.
He advises companies and organizations on national, homeland, and financial-related security, technologies, and investments. Mr. Zarate sits on the Board of Advisors to the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), the Board of Advisors for Regulatory DataCorp, McLarty Associates Film Advisory Board, and the Board of Directors for American Charities for Palestine (ACP).
Mr. Zarate served as the Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor
for Combating Terrorism from 2005 to 2009. In this role, Mr. Zarate was responsible for
developing and overseeing the implementation of the U.S. government's counterterrorism
strategy, including chairing the Counterterrorism Security Group. He was also responsible for
overseeing all policies related to transnational security threats, including counternarcotics,
maritime security, hostages, international organized crime, money laundering, and critical energy
Prior to joining the NSC, Mr. Zarate served as the first Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for
Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes where he led Treasury's domestic and international
efforts to attack terrorist financing, build comprehensive anti-money laundering systems, and
expand the use of Treasury powers to advance national security interests.
Mr. Zarate also led the global efforts to hunt Saddam Hussein's assets, resulting in the return of
over $3 billion of Iraqi assets from the U.S. and around the world. Mr. Zarate served at the
Treasury Department from 2001 to 2005, where he received the Treasury Medal.
Prior to working at the Department of the Treasury, Mr. Zarate served as a prosecutor in the
Department of Justice's Terrorism and Violent Crime Section, where he worked on terrorism
cases, including the USS Cole investigation. Mr. Zarate is a magna cum laude graduate of
Harvard University and a cum laude graduate of the Harvard Law School. He was a Rotary
International Fellow at the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain.
Mr. Zarate is a noted commentator on national security issues with a weekly online segment for
CBS News called “Flash Points.” He is a recognized author with publications appearing in the
New York Times, Washington Post, Wall St. Journal, International Herald Tribune, LA Times,
Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Quarterly, Politico, FP.com, Stanford
Journal of International Law, and the National Review. He is the author of the book, Forging
Democracy: A Comparative Study of the Effects of U.S. Foreign Policy on Central American
Democratization (University Press of America, 1994). !