Matt Abbott has served as the director of Government and Diplomatic Programs at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs since 2015. Prior to joining the Council, he served as director of Global and Economic Affairs for US Senator Mark Kirk (IL) and also served on the staff of then-Congressman Kirk (IL-10) and Congressman Phil Crane (IL-08). Abbott was awarded a Foreign Policy Fellowship with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a James A. Kelly Korea Fellowship with Pacific Forum CSIS, and a Junior Korean Unification Experts Fellowship and Emerging Leaders Fellowship with the South Korean Ministry of Unification. His writing has appeared in The Hill, The National Interest, and Responsible Statecraft, among others. Abbott is a member of the Board of Directors of the Japan America Society of Chicago and a member of the American Enterprise Institute’s Leadership Network. He completed his undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College and received a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and a diploma from the United States Naval War College.