MacArthur Fellows Program

Morton H. Halperin

Political Scientist | Class of 1985

Political Scientist
Washington, District of Columbia
47 at time of award
Area of Focus
Political Science
Published July 1, 1985

About Morton's Work

Morton Halperin is a political scientist who works on a range of foreign policy issues, as well as the relationship between national security and civil liberties.

He has opposed those who would infringe on civil liberties and constitutional procedures on the grounds of national security.  Halperin founded the Center for National Security Studies, which seeks to achieve this goal through research, lobbying, and litigation. He is the author of Bureaucratic Politics and Foreign Policy (1974) and Nuclear Fallacy (1987), and the co-author of Self-Determination in the New World Order (1992) and The Democracy Advantage (2005).


Halperin is the director of U.S. advocacy at the Open Society Institute and senior vice president and director of fellows at the Center for American Progress.  Throughout his career, he has served as senior director for democracy at the National Security Council, as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense during the Johnson administration, and as a senior staff member of the National Security Council during the Nixon and Clinton administrations.  Other positions held by Halperin include director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Washington, D.C. office and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Halperin received a B.A. (1958) from Columbia University and an M.A. (1959) and Ph.D. (1961) from Yale University.

Recent News

Morton Halperin is currently a senior advisor with the Open Society Foundations.

Updated July 2015

Select News Coverage of Morton H. Halperin
July 16, 2012
"Leaks and the Public Right to Know"
The Huffington Post
Morton H. Halperin , 1985 MacArthur Fellow
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