Andrew Peek

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq and Iran, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Andrew Peek is the deputy assistant secretary of state for Iraq and Iran in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Prior to joining the State Department, he was a fellow at the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas while finishing his PhD in international relations under Eliot Cohen at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Before entering academia, Peek served as a U.S. Army intelligence officer. General David Petraeus requested him personally for his Commanders’ Initiatives Group in Afghanistan, where he served as the strategic advisor on intelligence and special operations issues for General John Allen, Petraeus’ successor. In that role he was Allen’s personal advisor for direct action, foreign internal defense, intelligence, and Pakistani aspects of the war. He also advised on the commander’s meetings with foreign intelligence agencies, other national representatives, ministerial conferences at NATO, and interagency meetings with the White House. He subsequently served as a reservist with Joint Special Operations Command. Peek graduated from Princeton with High Honors in 2003 and received a master’s from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2005, where he served as a research assistant for Graham Allison’s U.S. Foreign Policy Course. He is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.