FOREIGN POLICY FELLOW & SCHOLAR
Areas of expertise: American foreign policy, Middle East policy, counterterrorism, homeland security, intelligence, grand strategy
Charles (Chuck) Peña is the former Director of Defense Policy Studies at the Cato Institute and has been a senior fellow at the Independent Institute, the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute, and the Coalition for a Realistic Foreign Policy, as well as an advisor on the Straus Military Reform Project. He has more than 25 years experience as a defense policy and program expert and senior manager, supporting the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security. Peña was an on-air analyst for MSNBC television (as well as CNBC and NBC) and was an analyst for Global TV (Canada) and Channel One News (a PRIMEDIA Inc. company) during the Iraq war. He has appeared on “Hardball with Chris Matthews” on MSNBC, “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News, CNN, PBS, and the BBC. His opinions have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, among others.