Former top intelligence analyst returns to Stanford

Thomas Fingar, a prominent intelligence expert and China scholar who recently retired as deputy director of national intelligence and chairman of the National Intelligence Council, has joined the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies for a three-year appointment.

Fingar earned his doctorate in political science at Stanford and has held a number of positions at the university between 1975 and 1986, including senior research associate at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and director of the university's U.S.-China Relations Program.

He returns to Stanford as the 2008-09 Payne Distinguished Lecturer and will then become the inaugural Oksenberg Rohlen Distinguished Fellow, a position he will hold for two years.

Fingar served as assistant secretary of the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research and principal adviser to the secretary on intelligence issues from July 2004 until May 2005. He was then named deputy director of national intelligence for analysis and chairman of the National Intelligence Council.

Fingar will deliver three public lectures at Stanford this year. The first is scheduled for March 11.