J. Stephen Morrison

James R. Schlesinger Distinguished Professor

Fast Facts

  • Senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Founder and director of CSIS Global Health Policy Center
  • Director and producer of The New Barbarianism, an award-winning documentary about the surge of violence against the health sector


Areas Of Expertise

  • Foreign Affairs
  • World Happenings
  • Domestic Affairs
  • Health
  • Science and Technology

J. Stephen Morrison is a senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington D.C., where he founded and directs its Global Health Policy Center. A political scientist, he has built over the past two decades a highly dynamic and impactful program that concentrates on the geopolitical and national security dimensions of U.S. leadership in international health, with a special emphasis upon the centrality of bipartisanship and multilateral institutions, partnerships with private industry, foundations, advocates and the faith community, and long-term strategic planning and commitments.

Through a series of high-level commissions that he has created and directed, Morrison has spearheaded work that has shaped concrete decisions in Congress and the administration on HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, reproductive health and gender equality, immunizations, and health security, including pandemic preparedness, acceleration of technological innovations, and coping with anti-science and a polluted digital world. The ongoing CSIS Commission on Strengthening America’s Health Security is addressing the consequences of Covid-19 and the future of U.S. leadership in building better capacities, at home and abroad, against future pandemic threats.

For several years, Morrison has led global health security fora at the annual Munich Security Conference. He has also directed and produced documentary films, most notably The New Barbarianism, an award-winning examination of the surge of violence against the health sector, with original footage from Syria, Yemen, and Afghanistan. He is currently completing a five-part docuseries, The Pandemic Paradox: HIV on the Edge, a critical look at sustaining progress against this 40-year old pandemic, in the midst now of Covid-19. In 2020, his podcast series, Coronavirus Crisis Update, featured more than 70 episodes with a highly diverse array of prominent leaders.

J. Stephen Morrison News Feed

Dr. Taison Bell, MD, an acclaimed African-American doctor, educator, and emergency medicine director in Charlottesville, Virginia, shares his personal story of how medicine – back home in Virginia – became the center of his life. “Success was not assumed in my neighborhood.” As a child with asthma, he connected with his physician, as he did also with his Black dentist and several teachers. Such “affirmative experiences” made the dream “seem like it was achievable.”
J. Stephen Morrison CSIS Podcast
Join the University of Virginia's Center for Global Health Equity and UVA's Miller Center for an important conversation about the global distribution of the the COVID-19 vaccine. Student scholars and faculty mentors who are working to develop innovative approaches to addressing health disparities speak about pivotal issues that promote global health equity.
J. Stephen Morrison Miller Center Presents
On the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the 2021 Ambassador William C. Battle Symposium explores its impact on the United States at home and in the world. Drawing on expertise from scholars, practitioners, and journalists, this conference examines the history of this era with an eye toward its implications for the future.
J. Stephen Morrison Miller Center Presents
As the U.S. continues to battle a second deadly Covid-19 surge, join several experts for a critical discussion about how the new Biden administration plans to adjust the country’s response, how the various vaccine development and deployment efforts are progressing, how U.S. health-care systems are managing in the current wave of infections, and whether the United States will rejoin the WHO.
J. Stephen Morrison Miller Center Presents
We are in a grim period, but if we continue to follow public health measures and increase vaccinations, the end of the pandemic is at least in sight, according to experts interviewed Friday in a webinar hosted by the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs. The webinar, “The Biden Administration Inherits the COVID-19 Crisis,” focused on the challenges President Joe Biden faces and the public health measures his administration has already rolled out over the past two days. Moderator Guian McKee, an associate professor of presidential studies at the Miller Center, began with some stark graphs showing the exponential rise of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the United States around the holiday season.
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