Clifford D. May is the president of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a policy institute focused on fighting terrorism which was created immediately following the 9/11 attacks on the United States.
He has a long and distinguished career in international relations, journalism, communications and politics. A veteran news reporter, foreign correspondent and editor, May has covered stories in more than two dozen countries, including Iran, Pakistan, Sudan, Ethiopia, China, Uzbekistan, Northern Ireland and Russia. Early in his career he was senior editor of Geo Magazine and associate editor for international news at Newsweek. May was a roving foreign correspondent with Hearst newspapers, a reporter with The New York Times and an editor of The New York Times Sunday Magazine. He also established a West Africa bureau for the Times where he held the position of bureau chief and covered more than a score of African nations.
After a stint as associate editor with The Rocky Mountain News, May became director of communications for the Republican National Committee from 1997-2001. He managed all RNC communications, including long-range strategic planning, speech writing, advertising and marketing. He also served as editor of Rising Tide, the official magazine of the Republican party.
May currently writes a nationally syndicated column distributed by Scripps Howard News Service and is a regular contributor to National Review Online. He also is a frequent guest on television and radio programs, providing analysis and participating in debates on national security issues.
May holds masterís degrees in public/international affairs and journalism from Columbia University and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. He also holds a certificate in Russian language and literature from the University of Leningrad.