Patrick Radden Keefe is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation and a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine, where he has published investigative articles on corruption in the mining sector in Guinea, the policy challenges of developing a legal marijuana economy in Washington State, a landmark environmental lawsuit over contamination of the Ecuadorian Amazon, and many other subjects.
The author of The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream (Random House, 2009) and Chatter: Dispatches from the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping (Random House, 2005), as well as numerous chapters in edited volumes, he is a frequent commentator on emerging international security issues, espionage, and transnational crime. His areas of focus include the dynamics of systemic corruption, the impact of globalization and new technologies on cross-border security threats and the legal and ethical dimensions of intelligence and homeland security policy. He is also pursuing ongoing projects on government secrecy and the privatization of military and intelligence.
He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.Phil. in International Relations from Cambridge University, and an M.Sc. in New Media and Information Systems from the London School of Economics. A former Marshall Scholar and Guggenheim Fellow, he has also received fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. From 2010-2011, he served as a policy adviser in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
In addition to The New Yorker, Patrick's articles and Op-Eds have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Slate, and other publications.