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December 5, 2012

Heritage Gives Holmes New Portfolio, Promotes Carafano to Foreign Policy VP

Washington, D.C., Dec. 5, 2012--The Heritage Foundation today announced a transition of leadership in its acclaimed foreign policy shop.

Kim R. Holmes, the think tank’s longtime vice president for foreign and defense policy studies, assumes the title of Distinguished Fellow. Holmes oversaw Heritage’s foreign policy team for 16 of the past 20 years and also directed Heritage’s Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies. He remains a member of the senior management team. In his new post he will address a wide variety of policy issues.

“Kim’s first project in his new position is to complete a book that unites our domestic and foreign policy ideas into a compelling new vision for America’s future,” Heritage President Edwin J. Feulner said in making the announcement. “It’s fusionism on a grand scale.”

James Jay Carafano steps into Holmes’ old post as vice president for foreign and defense policy studies and director of the Davis Institute. Since 2009 Carafano has served as Holmes’ deputy at Davis as well as director of Heritage’s Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies.

Feulner said Heritage’s Board of Trustees was “excited” by the moves, especially the idea of giving Holmes a wider portfolio of issues. “Few people bring greater clarity and historical wisdom to thorny issues” than Holmes, he said.

Kim HolmesHolmes joined Heritage in 1985 and rose to vice president in 1991. He was a founding editor of the annual Index of Economic Freedom, which has become a signature Heritage publication. He led the think tank’s efforts to convince the United States to withdraw from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. He launched Heritage’s widely respected homeland security program after September 11, as well as its program on international trade, and expanded the missile defense program to what it is today.

Holmes left Heritage in late 2001 to serve as assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs during President George W. Bush’s first term. After returning to Heritage in 2005, he authored the book “Liberty's Best Hope: American Leadership for the 21st Century.”


James CarafanoCarafano joined Heritage in 2003 as a homeland security and missile defense analyst. A 25-year Army veteran with a master’s and doctorate from Georgetown University, he is an historian, teacher and prolific writer whose most recent book is “Wiki at War: Conflict in a Socially Networked World.” He writes a weekly column on national security affairs for the Washington Examiner and is editor of a book series, The Changing Face of War. Carafano also worked with Holmes to produce Heritage’s groundbreaking documentary film “33 Minutes: Protecting America in the New Missile Age.”


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