Project on Transitional Democracies

Randy Scheunemann


Randy Scheunemann is a foreign policy and national security analyst based in Washington D.C. In 2002, he founded the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq (CLI) to promote freedom for the Iraqi people. He served as pro bono President and Executive Director of CLI until its mission was completed in 2003. During CLI’s operations, Scheunemann recruited more than 50 distinguished individuals to serve on CLI’s Advisory Boards, worked with US and foreign governments and many non-governmental organizations, and appeared in dozens of media outlets around the world advocating decisive action to liberate Iraq from Saddam Hussein’s tyranny.

In 2001, Scheunemann served as a consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense. From 1999-2000, Scheunemann served as Defense and Foreign Policy Coordinator for the “McCain 2000” presidential campaign where he appeared throughout the U.S. as a campaign spokesperson on national security issues. During 1996, Mr. Scheunemann was a senior adviser to Republican Presidential Candidate Bob Dole and served on the 1996 Republican Platform Committee.

Previously, Mr. Scheunemann served as National Security Adviser to Senate Republican and Majority Leaders Bob Dole and Trent Lott from 1993-99. As a senior adviser, he developed, coordinated and implemented policy for the Majority Leader and Republican Senators on all foreign policy, arms control, national security and intelligence issues.

Mr. Scheunemann was involved in Senate deliberations concerning the use of American military power in Somalia, the Korean peninsula, Iraq, Haiti and Bosnia. He also served as coordinator for Senate Republican policy on United Nations reform, Congressional-Executive war powers, NATO enlargement, global climate change, economic sanctions, ballistic missile defense and technology transfers to China.

From 1986-1993, Mr. Scheunemann served on the staffs of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and the House Republican Policy Committee. Scheunemann has traveled to more than 80 countries ranging from wartime El Salvador and Afghanistan in the 1980s to the Andean Ridge and the Balkans in the 1990s. Mr. Scheunemann has authored articles for many publications and regularly lectures on foreign policy and security issues. His service on NGO Boards includes: the U.S. Committee on NATO (2000-2004), the International Republican Institute (2004-present), the Project for a New American Century (2003-present), and the Project on Transitional Democracies (2002-present). Mr. Scheunemann also serves as President and Managing Director of Orion Strategies LLC, a strategic consulting firm based in Washington, D.C.