Fred Tipson

Special Advisor

Fred is a Special Advisor at the PeaceTech Lab. The Lab was created by United States Institute of Peace as a separate entity to further advance USIP's work at the intersection of technology, media and data to help reduce violent conflict around the world.

Prior to the Lab, Fred Tipson joined USIP in 2011 as a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow and joined the PeaceTech Initiative the following year, managing the Roundtable on Technology, Science & Peacebuilding.  Prior to USIP, he spent four years as the Director of the Washington office of the U.N. Development Programme.  He has worked as a Senior Policy Counsel at Microsoft, a Director at the Markle Foundation, and a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.  From 1984 to 2000, Fred spent 16 years in the telecommunications industry with AT&T and Cable & Wireless/Hong Kong Telecom, including five years living in Asia, and regulatory advocacy in more than 25 countries. From 1979 to 1984, he was counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, first as minority counsel to Senator Jacob K. Javits of New York and then as Chief Counsel to Chairman Charles H. Percy of Illinois.  Fred received his B.A. in history from Stanford University, his M.A. in international relations from Yale, and both a J.D., and a Ph.D in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Journal of International Law and a Lecturer in Law.  He and his wife, Laura, have three grown children and two grandchildren.


  • “Natural Disasters as Threats to Peace” USIP Special Report 324, February 2013.
  • “China and the Information Revolution,” in China Joins the World, (Oksenberg & Economy eds., Council on Foreign Relations, 1999).
  • “Culture Clash-ification: A Verse to Huntington's Curse,” Foreign Affairs, March/April 1997.
  • National Security Law. (ed. with Moore and & Turner, Carolina Academic Press, 1990).