Dr. Kim R. Holmes

Kim R. Holmes, a Distinguished Fellow at the Washington-based Heritage Foundation in the United States, oversaw the think tank’s defence and foreign policy team for more than two decades.

Dr Holmes was Heritage’s vice president for foreign and defence policy studies and director of the Davis Institute for International Studies from 1991 to 2012, except for his service as Assistant Secretary of State for international organisation affairs during most of the first term of President George W. Bush.

Dr Holmes previously directed Heritage's team of foreign and defence policy experts in four centres on the front lines of international affairs: the Douglas and Sarah Allison Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, the Asian Studies Centre, the Centre for International Trade and Economics and the Margaret Thatcher Centre for Freedom. Davis also includes the Washington Roundtable for the Asia-Pacific Press (WRAPP).

He is internationally recognised as one of Washington’s foremost foreign and defence policy experts.

His published works include the internationally acclaimed Index of Economic Freedom, which is produced annually with The Wall Street Journal, and Liberty’s Best Hope: American Leadership for the 21st Century.

Dr Holmes is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has served on its Washington Advisory Committee. His previous appointments include the Defence Policy Board, which is the US Defence Secretary’s primary resource for expert outside advice, the Board of Directors of the Centre for International Private Enterprise and as a public member of the US delegation to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

While Dr Holmes was at the US Department of State, he was responsible for developing policy and coordinating US engagement at the United Nations and 46 other international organisations. Important US policies achieved at that time include the Security Council’s first binding non-proliferation resolution; UN standards for dealing with and preventing sexual abuse by UN peacekeepers; the UN’s first mandate requiring the Office of Internal Oversight Services to release reports to member states; UN mandates enabling the transition to democracy in Iraq; and the establishment of the UN Democracy Caucus and UN Democracy Fund.

He earned his doctoral and master’s degrees in history from Georgetown University and he received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. He was a research fellow at the Institute for European History in Germany and adjunct professor of European security and history at Georgetown University.

His published works include Defending the American Homeland, a post 9-11 taskforce report; Defending America: A Near and Long Term Plan to Deploy Missile Defenses; and Restoring American Leadership: A Foreign and Defense Policy Blueprint.

His scholarly articles have appeared in such journals as National Interest, Journal Aspenia (Italy), Harvard University’s International Security, and Columbia University’s Journal of International Affairs. His opinion articles, commentaries and other publications may be found on the Heritage Foundation website.