Senior Fellow


Trevor Sutton is a senior fellow for National Security and International Policy at American Progress. Previously, Sutton worked at the U.N. Development Programme and International Organization for Migration, where he advised on anti-corruption issues. He also served as a presidential management fellow in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and as a judicial clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Sutton has published on a range of legal and foreign policy issues, including a book on the constitutional legacy of the war on terror written with Yale Law School professor Owen Fiss. Sutton holds a B.A. from Stanford University; an M.Phil. from Oxford, where he was a Marshall scholar; and a J.D. from Yale. He speaks Mandarin and French. In addition to his work at American Progress, Sutton is a senior adviser for foreign policy at Human Rights First.

Latest by Trevor Sutton

Adieu to Laissez-Faire Trade In the News

Adieu to Laissez-Faire Trade

Trevor Sutton and Andy Green explain how the next administration can advocate for trade policies that build a stronger and fairer economic system at home and abroad.

Trevor Sutton, Andy Green

The Anomaly of Taiwanese Democracy In the News

The Anomaly of Taiwanese Democracy

Trevor Sutton discusses why policymakers in Washington, D.C., should pay attention to the success of Taiwan's democratic experiment.

Trevor Sutton

Najib’s US Visit Sends a Troubling Message on Rule of Law In the News

Najib’s US Visit Sends a Troubling Message on Rule of Law

Authors Trevor Sutton and Brian Harding examine why President Donald Trump's meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak sends a demoralizing message on democracy and corruption.

Trevor Sutton, Brian Harding

UNCLOS Won’t Help America in the South China Sea In the News

UNCLOS Won’t Help America in the South China Sea

Mike Fuchs and Trevor Sutton discuss why gaining an advantage in the South China Sea is not a reason the United States should ratify the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Michael Fuchs, Trevor Sutton

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