Craig Charney, President of Charney Research, is a leading pollster with two decades experience and a political scientist highly knowledgeable on failed states, Islamic extremism, inter-group conflict, democracy promotion, and civil society.

Since he established Charney Research in 1997, a focus of his work has been developing countries in conflict or recovering from it. His 2005 report for the Council on Foreign Relations, A New Beginning: Strategies for a More Fruitful Dialogue with the Muslim World, has had a major influence on public diplomacy strategy in the second Bush administration and under President Obama. His Afghanistan poll for ABC News won an Outstanding Achievement award from the University of Iowa Journalism School.

Before founding his firm, he was Senior Analyst on 1996 polling team of President Bill Clinton. He also co-directed voter education polling for Nelson Mandela and the ANC in South Africa's first election in 1994. He has wide experience with political, non-profit, corporate, and governmental clients, both in the US and more than 20 countries overseas.

He is a member of the American Association of Political Consultants and the American Association for Public Opinion Research. He was named a member of the USAID Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid in 2008.

Last Updated: June 21, 2017