Craig Snyder

Senior Fellow - National Security Program

Craig Snyder is a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Research Institute National Security Program. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Temple University School of Law, Snyder served as Legislative Assistant for Defense and Foreign Policy and then as Chief of Staff to United States Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) while the senator Chaired the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Outside of government, Snyder has served as as a foreign  policy advisor to the presidential campaign of Senator Robert Dole ( R-KS), as a registered lobbyist on behalf of numerous defense industries and most recently as the President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and the creator and executive producer of the nationally distributed public television series, “The Whole Truth with David Eisenhower.”

Snyder was the GOP nominee for the United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania’s first congressional district in 1992. Presently, he is a frequent television and oped commentator.


  • “The Strategic Defense Debate” Craig Snyder editor, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986  (reissued in 30th Anniversary Edition)

The book is a frequently cited reference in the historical and policy literature regarding U.S.- Soviet relations and U.S. national security policy. It summarizes the most important public gathering ever convened for the discussion and debate of strategic defense.

  • “To Petition the Government for a Redress of Grievances” (with Peter Bell) – chapter 80, Autism Spectrum Disorders, David G. Amaral, et al editors, Oxford University Press, 2011

Contributing Consultant

  • “The West Wing” NBC television series – episode 17 – “The Stackhouse Filibuster” 2001

Selected Essays and Opeds

  • “The Bicentennial of the Constitution – Toward a More Democratic World?” Temple Law Quarterly, volume 60, No. 4, 1987


  • “Democracy and the Vitality of Evil” article by Craig Snyder, The National Interest, number17, Fall 1989
  • “Is American Politics Broken” Huffington Post, October 7, 2013
  • “Graduating to the Adulthood of the World” Huffington Post World, June 11, 2013 “The Un-American Century” Huffington Post, January 30, 2017
  • “Choose Right Now” Huffington Post, June 15, 2016
  • “I returned from Saudi Arabia with a new view of polarized America” Philadelphia Inquirer, January 8, 2020
  • “On tour of Israel and territories, one story offers a message of hope” Philadelphia Inquirer, October 30, 2017
  • “Liberals disagree with Trump just because he’s Trump – and that’s bad for both sides” Philadelphia Inquirer, August 30, 2017
  • “Two bad options on North Korea: Acceptance or war” Philadelphia Inquirer, April 25, 2017 “Commentary: America First or an American century?” Philadelphia Inquirer, February 9, 2017
  • “Polarizing insurgent movements of left and right” Philadelphia Inquirer, May 5, 2016 “What Obama needs to see while in Cuba” Philadelphia Inquirer, March 21, 2016
  • “In Tunisia, understanding core of democracy” Philadelphia Inquirer, May 1, 2015