Dr. Zack Cooper

Dr. Zack Cooper is a Partner of Armitage International, L.C. Concurrently, he serves as a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he studies U.S. defense strategy and alliances in Asia, as well as U.S.-China strategic competition. He also teaches at Princeton University as a lecturer of public and international affairs and serves on the board of the Open Technology Fund.

Before joining AEI, Dr. Cooper was the senior fellow for Asian security at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a research fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He has also served as assistant to the deputy national security adviser for combating terrorism at the National Security Council at the White House and as a special assistant to the principal deputy under secretary of defense for policy at the Department of Defense.

Dr. Cooper has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs, among other outlets, as well as academic journals such as International Security and Security Studies. He has also coauthored a variety of studies on Asia including such topics as U.S. military strategy and posture in Asia, countering Chinese coercion, and U.S. defense cooperation with regional allies and partners. He is the coeditor of two books with Michael Green, “Postwar Japan: Growth, Security, and Uncertainty since 1945” and “Strategic Japan: New Approaches to Foreign Policy and the US-Japan Alliance.”

Dr. Cooper graduated from Princeton University with a Ph.D. and an M.A. in security studies and an M.P.A. in international relations. He received a B.A. in public policy from Stanford University.