Jon Finer was Chief of Staff and Director of Policy Planning for former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the U.S. Department of State, where he previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff for policy. Prior to that, he worked for four years at the White House, including as Senior Advisor to Deputy National Security Advisor Antony Blinken, as Special Advisor for the Middle East and North Africa, and as the foreign policy speechwriter for former Vice President Joseph R. Biden. He joined the Obama Administration in 2009 as a White House Fellow, assigned to the Office of the White House Chief of Staff and the National Security Council staff.

Before entering government service, Finer was a foreign and national correspondent at the Washington Post, where he reported from more than 20 countries and spent 18 months covering the war in Iraq as an embedded journalist.

Last Updated: May 18, 2017

Evaluating Trump’s First 100 Days

Paul Haenle & Jon Finer from Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
One hundred days into Donald Trump’s presidency, he has shocked the establishment and foreign governments with many foreign policy reversals, and also some surprising areas of consistency. In this podcast, Paul Haenle sat down with Jon Finer, former...