Dr. Ben Purser was sworn in as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counterproliferation, Sanctions Enforcement, and Regional Affairs in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation on March 18, 2018.
Before coming to ISN, Dr. Purser served as a Professional Staff Member for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. For two and a half years, he ran the Majority’s team that handled all policy issues related to Europe, Eurasia, Russia,Turkey, and the Caucasus — including the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance.
Dr. Purser began his public service after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, in response to which he left a management position in a consulting firm in China to join the United States Navy. He served his country in this capacity for approximately a decade as an intelligence officer.
Since then, he has also worked for both the Naval War College and the RAND Corporation. Additionally, Dr. Purser served for a year as an AmeriCorps Veteran Leader Corp member.
He earned a B.A. in political science and international relations, cum laude, at Carleton College, a masters in National Security & Strategic Studies at the U.S. Naval War College, and both a masters and a doctorate in political science at the University of Colorado Boulder. Additionally, he is a 2001 graduate of the Johns Hopkins SAIS — Nanjing University Center.