Scott Bates

Adjunct Fellow

Areas of Expertise



Scott Bates, an experienced student and practitioner of U.S. foreign policy, offers a diverse background in international relations, politics, and on-the-ground experience in America’s war zones. He also serves as Executive Director of the Connecticut Institute for the 21st Century (CT21).

Bates’ career has seen him serve in a wide variety of local, state, federal, and international positions. In American government, Bates served as Secretary of State and Legislative Director for the Governor of Virginia where he was responsible for development and passage of the governor’s legislative agenda.  After 9/11, Scott served as the first Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee. He has worked with leaders and activists to support governing institutions and democratic development in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia, Haiti, and throughout the Middle East. Bates has been a featured speaker on defense issues and international affairs. His areas of expertise include homeland security, counterterrorism, and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, Asia, and Eastern Europe.

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