Ben Freeman

Ben Freeman

Ben Freeman, Ph.D. is the Director and founder of the Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative at the Center for International Policy, where he works to expose how foreign governments are influencing U.S. public policy and elections. This work builds upon his book, The Foreign Policy Auction, which was the first book to systematically analyze the foreign influence industry in the U.S.

Before launching the Foreign Influence Transparency Initiative, Dr. Freeman was the Deputy Director of the National Security program at the think tank Third Way, where he provided defense budget analysis to Members of Congress and provided commentary on foreign influence in the U.S. Prior to joining Third Way, he served as the National Security Fellow at the Project On Government Oversight, where he testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee and launched the Foreign Influence Database that, for the first time, provided the public with an online searchable database of FARA Informational Materials.

His written work has appeared in dozens of mainstream media outlets including The New York Times, the Washington Post, and Foreign Affairs, and he has provided commentary on CNN, NPR, and many other TV and radio outlets.