Senior Fellow


Trevor Sutton is a senior fellow with the Energy and Environment department 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.


Compact View

The Net-Zero Banking Alliance Article
View of landscape from above showing several windmills against a bright blue sky and grass fields.

The Net-Zero Banking Alliance

A new private sector-led initiative presents the opportunity for major global financial institutions to play a key role in decarbonizing the global economy.

Trevor Sutton

Turning the Tide on Dirty Money Report
Money rolls are displayed on a white background. (Tarik Kizilkaya)

Turning the Tide on Dirty Money

To promote domestic resilience and curb the malign influence of authoritarian powers, the United States and its democratic partners need to unite against corruption and kleptocracy.

Trevor Sutton, Ben Judah

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

WTO Reform Must Start at the Top Article
A sign of the World Trade Organization (WTO) is seen on their headquarters in Geneva, September 2018. (Getty/Fabrice Coffrini)

WTO Reform Must Start at the Top

The world’s largest trade body needs a leader committed to a fairer and more sustainable global economy.

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.

The Washington Monthly

Trevor Sutton

Taking the High Ground Report
The White House is reflected in a rain puddle after a press briefing at the White House in Washington, February 2018. (The White House reflected in a rain puddle.)

Taking the High Ground

Repairing the damage done to global human rights under President Trump will require a forceful and expansive human rights agenda from the next administration.

Trevor Sutton, Carolyn Kenney

Donald Trump’s Gift to Kleptocrats Report
 (President Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, October 2019.)

Donald Trump’s Gift to Kleptocrats

The president’s attempted shakedown of Ukraine is a colossal blow to U.S. efforts to fight corruption around the world.

Trevor Sutton, Alexandra Schmitt

Securing a Democratic World Report

Securing a Democratic World

The future of U.S. national security and a liberal democratic world depends on America embracing democratic values, locking arms with its democratic allies to stem the rise of authoritarianism, and growing the community of democratic nations.

Kelly Magsamen, Max Bergmann, Michael Fuchs, 1 More Trevor Sutton

Asia Doesn’t Need Another Crisis Report
A man sitting on a balcony looks out over Taipei at night.

Asia Doesn’t Need Another Crisis

Following Taiwan’s 2016 elections, Beijing has chosen the path of provocation in cross-Strait relations, undermining East Asia’s already fragile peace.

Rudy deLeon, Trevor Sutton, Blaine Johnson

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.

The Diplomat

Trevor Sutton, Brian Harding

Why Taiwan’s Gay Marriage Ruling Matters In the News

Why Taiwan’s Gay Marriage Ruling Matters

Trevor Sutton and Brian Harding write about the importance of Taiwan's ruling in support of same-sex marriage.

The Diplomat

Trevor Sutton, Brian Harding

Diversifying and Strengthening Our National Security Workforce Article
Cadets attend their graduation and commissioning ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy on May 21, 2016. (AP/Mike Groll)

Diversifying and Strengthening Our National Security Workforce

Federal agencies must sustain the efforts undertaken by President Barack Obama to ensure that the U.S. national security workforce reflects the talent and experience of the entire country.

Trevor Sutton, Carolyn Kenney

Seafood Slavery Report

Seafood Slavery

Recent media investigations have revealed regular use of forced labor in the international seafood supply chain. Here’s how the U.S. government and the private sector should respond to curtail these abuses.

Trevor Sutton, Avery Siciliano

Violence and Peace Report
People march in protest to demand justice over the murder of environmentalist and indigenous leader Berta Caceres in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Friday, April 1, 2016. It has been almost one month since she was shot four times by gunmen who broke into her home. Caceres, who won the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize pushing a grassroots campaign opposing a controversial dam project, had complained of death threats from police, the army and landowners’ groups before she was slain. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)

Violence and Peace

In countries across the world, corrupt officials conspire with criminal actors to profit off of human misery. The United States and its international partners should do more to hold both groups accountable for their abuses.

Trevor Sutton

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.

The National Interest

Michael Fuchs, Trevor Sutton

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