Erik Peterson is a senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a nonpartisan and nonprofit Washington, D.C.- based think tank established in 1962. He holds the William A. Schreyer Chair in global analysis, an endowed position named in honor of the Merrill Lynch chairman emeritus and CSIS Executive Committee member. He is also director of the CSIS Global Strategy Institute, a program dedicated to research on long-range strategic issues and to developing innovative educational programs geared to leaders in government, business and other fields. As part of the institute's research, Peterson heads the Seven Revolutions Initiative, an internationally recognized effort to identify and project global trends out to the year 2025.
Peterson came to the center from Kissinger Associates, where he was director of research. He holds an MBA in international finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree in international law and economics from the School of Advanced International Studies at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor's degree from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. He holds the Certificate of Eastern European Studies from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland and the Certificate in International Legal Studies from The Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands.
Peterson has taught on emerging markets at the American University School of International Service and lectured on international economics and finance and geopolitical risk at other colleges and universities, including Chapman and George Mason Universities, Georgia Tech, and the Wharton School. He is a board member of the Center for Global Business Studies at Pennsylvania State University, and a member of the advisory board of the Center for the Study of the Presidency.