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Our Principles

The Alexander Hamilton Society (AHS) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit, national organization that seeks to identify, educate, and launch young men and women into foreign policy and national security careers imbued with the Hamiltonian perspective of strong and principled American leadership in global affairs. Hamiltonians are united by a deep conviction, rooted in the history of the last century, that the world is a better, safer, and more prosperous place when the United States is willing and able to lead. Engaging citizens from all walks of life and at every stage in their careers, AHS seeds the ground for the future of American foreign policy.

Our members—on 60 campuses, as well as in Miami, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, DC—are united by basic convictions about the United States and its role in the world. 


An appreciation that the world remains a dangerous place in which our power must be exercised with prudence, and where the primary threats to our security come from states that deny freedom to their own people and from non-state actors who embrace hatred and violence;

A conviction, rooted in the history of the last century, that the world is a better, safer, and more prosperous place when the United States is willing and able to lead; and a commitment to maintaining the moral authority and material strength on which that leadership rests;

A measured pride in the success of the American experiment; an understanding that America’s greatness is the result of its commitment to individual liberty, limited government, economic freedom, the rule of law, human dignity, and democracy; and a belief that the fundamental aim of every aspect of our policy, foreign and domestic, must be to defend these principles at home and ultimately to encourage their spread abroad;

A clear recognition that, in such a world, our true friends and reliable partners are other democratic nations with whom we share an enduring commonality of values, and not simply a temporary convergence of interests; 

A firm belief that, time and again, in peace and in war, the ability of the American political system to profit from vigorous public discussion has proved its worth; and that, at this moment in our history, our public discussion of foreign, economic, and national security policy stands very much in need of renewal. 

Board of Directors


Dan Blumenthal

American Enterprise Institute

Co-Founder & Secretary

Aaron Friedberg

Princeton University

Co-Founder & President

David McCormick

Bridgewater Associates, LP

Roy Katzovicz

Saddle Point Management, LP

Co-Founder & Chairman

Arvind Sanger

Geosphere Capital Management, LLC

Laurence Zuriff



Roger Hertog

Hertog Foundation

Board Member Emeritus

Board of Advisors

Elliott Abrams CFR, (Currently in Government Service)

Gerard Alexander University of Virginia

Max Boot Council on Foreign Relations

Jennifer Bryson Hudson Institute

Ian Brzezinski Atlantic Council

Kara Bue Armitage International

James Carafano The Heritage Foundation

Eliot Cohen Johns Hopkins University, SAIS

Elbridge Colby Center for a New American Security

Ambassador J. D. Crouch United Service Organizations

Jacqueline Deal Long Term Strategy Group

Michael Doran Hudson Institute

Colin Dueck George Mason University

Mackenzie Eaglen American Enterprise Institute

Thomas Farr Religious Freedom Institute

Peter Feaver Duke University

Michael Green Center for Strategic and International Studies

Jakub Grygiel Catholic University

John Hannah Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Kerry Healey Babson College

Brian Hook Latitude LLC, (Currently in Government Service)

William Inboden University of Texas, Austin

Robert Kagan Brookings Institution

Charles Kesler Claremont McKenna College

James C. Kraska U.S. Naval War College

William Kristol Defending Democracy Together

Daniel Leger Akre Capital Management

Robert Lieber Georgetown University

Thomas Mahnken Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

Peter Mansoor The Ohio State University

Wess Mitchell Center for European Policy Analysis 

Henry R. Nau George Washington University

Michael O’Hanlon Brookings Institution

Mackubin Thomas Owens Foreign Policy Research Institute

General David Petraeus (Ret.) KKR Global Institute

Ambassador Mitchell Reiss Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Stanley Renshon City University of New York

Stephen Rosen Harvard University

Michael Rubin American Enterprise Institute

Paul D. Ryan Fox Corporation

Eric Sayers Beacon Global Strategies

Kori Schake International Institute for Strategic Studies

Randall Schriver Armitage International, (Currently in Government Service)

Ambassador Kristen Silverberg Business Roundtable

Ashley Tellis Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Roger Zakheim Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute

National Staff


Dr. Gabriel Scheinmann

Executive Director


Valerian Sikhuashvili

Program Director


Sydney Scribner

Marketing & Development Associate


Eamonn Bellin

Program Assistant


National Office


The Alexander Hamilton Society
1875 Connecticut Ave. , NW
10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20009
United States of America


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