Edgar P. Tam is a visiting senior fellow at the Paris Office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). His research interests include U.S. national security policy towards the Middle East and Asia, international security, and the roles of allies and partners in U.S. defense policy. He is the author of the monthly GMF publication, “Perspectives from Washington,” which provides analysis of current geopolitical issues for the Paris Office’s business alliance network. 

Prior to serving as a visiting fellow, Mr. Tam was a senior analyst in the U.S. Department of Defense where he focused on Iran and China since 2004. In this capacity, he provided analysis to senior U.S. defense officials and the interagency, including the National Security Council and Office of the Director of National Intelligence. From March 2018 to November 2019, He served as a special assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and as an Iran country director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he advised defense leadership on a range of issues pertaining to U.S. policy on Iran, Asia, and special operations. He is a recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. 

Mr. Tam holds a master’s degree in security studies, with distinction, from the U.S. Naval War College and a bachelor’s degree with honors in international affairs from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.