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Brian Hook
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Director of Policy Planning
In office
February 2017 – August 2018
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Jonathan Finer
Succeeded by Kiron Skinner
Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs
In office
October 7, 2008 – January 20, 2009
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Kristen Silverberg
Succeeded by Esther Brimmer
Personal details
Born 1968 (age 49–50)
Political party Republican
Education University of St. Thomas, Minnesota (BA)
Boston College (MA)
University of Iowa (JD)

Brian H. Hook is an American lawyer and government official. As of 2017, he serves as Director of Policy Planning and Senior Policy Advisor to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.[1]

During the George W. Bush administration, Hook served as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs; Senior Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Special Assistant to the President for Policy in the White House Chief of Staff’s office; and as Counsel, Office of Legal Policy, at the U.S. Justice Department.

Hook practiced corporate law at Hogan & Hartson in Washington from 1999-2003. He has also worked for Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and U.S. Congressman Jim Leach.


Hook is the founder of Latitude, LLC, an international consulting firm based in Washington, DC. He serves on the advisory board of Beacon Global Strategies.[citation needed]

Hook worked on the 2012 Romney campaign staff as senior advisor on foreign policy. He chaired the foreign policy and national security task forces of the Romney Readiness Project. He was the foreign policy director of Governor Tim Pawlenty's presidential campaign from 2010-2011.[citation needed]

In 2013, he co-founded the John Hay Initiative,[2] an anti-isolationist group intended to inform political leaders about foreign policy.

Hook serves on the board of trustees for St. John's Seminary in Boston and the board of directors for the National Civic Arts Society in Washington, DC.[citation needed]


Hook received a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of St. Thomas in 1990, a master's degree in philosophy from Boston College, and a law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law.


  1. ^ "Brian Hook Biography". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  2. ^ O'Connor, Patrick (2015-09-27). "John Hay Group Seeks to Shape Candidates' Foreign-Policy Positions - Washington Wire - WSJ". Retrieved 2017-02-23.

External links

  • Hook, Brian H. (2014-10-21). "Brian Hook: The U.N. Agency That Bungled Ebola - WSJ". Retrieved 2017-02-23.
  • Labash, Matt (2015-06-08). "Hawks of a Feather". The Weekly Standard. Retrieved 2017-02-23.
  • "Lexington: Defending America". The Economist. 2015-03-19. Retrieved 2017-02-23.
  • Josh Rogin (2014-08-28). "Romney Foreign Policy Team Is Schooling 2016's Republicans". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2017-02-23.
  • "The Romney national security transition team that might have been". Foreign Policy. 2012-11-07. Retrieved 2017-02-23.
  • "President Bush Bids U.N. Farewell". NPR. 2008-09-23. Retrieved 2017-02-23.
Government offices
Preceded by
Kristen Silverberg
Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs
October 3, 2008 – January 20, 2009
Succeeded by
Esther Brimmer
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