Susan Eisenhower founded the think tank named for her grandfather, former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, in 1983 and designed the institute's U.S.-Soviet program. She left the institute to create the Center for Political and Strategic Studies in 1991. When the two organizations combined programs in 2000, she took over as president.
Though Eisenhower has spent 15 years of her career on foreign policy issues, she came to the field from the business community. She worked as a consultant to IBM, American Express and Loral Space Systems, employing her knowledge of U.S.-Russian relations and international security issues.
In 1998, Eisenhower was appointed to the National Academy of Sciences’ standing Committee on International Security and Arms Control. Two years later, Eisenhower was appointed by the Secretary of Energy to a blue-ribbon task force to evaluate U.S.-funded nuclear non-proliferation programs in Russia. She also works with the International Space Station Management and Cost Evaluation Task Force and is a director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Nuclear Threat Initiative. She has also served on the National Advisory Council of NASA.
Eisenhower has written three books, two of which -- Breaking Free and Mrs. Ike -- have appeared on bestseller lists. She is the editor of several volumes and has penned hundreds of opinion page pieces and other articles for publication. Eisenhower also frequently has provided analysis for National Public Radio and network television programs.