Clare M. Lopez is the Founder/President of Lopez Liberty LLC, with a mission to alert and educate Americans on a range of national security threats, international as well as from the Islamic Movement/Muslim Brotherhood and collaborators among the ranks of Marxists/communists in this country. From 2014-2020, Lopez served as Vice President for Research and Analysis at the Center for Security Policy. She has been a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research and member of the Board of Advisors for the Canadian Mackenzie Institute. In 2016, she was named to Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign national security advisory team. Lopez provides expertise as an instructor on Iran, Hizballah, and the Red-Green Axis for Understanding the Threat, a nationwide training program for federal, state, and local agencies, and the private sector on the Global Islamic Movement and jihadi networks.
From 2013-2016, Lopez served as a member of the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi and continues among the members of its successor organization, the Citizens’ Commission on National Security. Formerly Vice President of the Intelligence Summit, she was a career operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, a professor at the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies, Executive Director of the Iran Policy Committee from 2005-2006, and has served as a consultant, intelligence analyst, and researcher for a variety of defense firms. She was named a 2011 Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute.
Already an advisor to EMP Act America, in February 2012 Ms. Lopez was named a member of the Congressional Task Force on National and Homeland Security, which focuses on the Electro- Magnetic Pulse (EMP) threat to the nation. She has served as a member of the Boards of Advisors/Directors for the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia, the United West, and the Voice of the Copts. She has been a Visiting Researcher and guest lecturer on counterterrorism, national defense, and international relations at Georgetown University. Ms. Lopez is a regular contributor to broadcast, Internet, and print media on subjects related to Iran and the Middle East and the co-author of two published books on Iran. She is the author of The Rise of the Iran Lobby and co-author/editor of the Center’s Team B II study, “Shariah: The Threat to America” as well as The Tiger Team’s “The Secure Freedom Strategy: A Plan for Victory Over the Global Jihad Movement.” She co-authored “Gulen and the Gulenist Movement” with CSP’s Vice President for Outreach, Christopher Holton, “See No Shariah: ‘Countering Violent Extremism’ and the Disarming of America’s First Line of Defense” with Frank Gaffney, CSP President, and is both editor and co-author of the Center’s “Ally No More: Erdogan’s New Turkish Caliphate and the Rising Jihadist Threat to the West.”
Lopez received a B.A. in Communications and French from Notre Dame College of Ohio and an M.A. in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. She completed Marine Corps Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Quantico, Virginia before declining a military commission to join the CIA.