Managing Director and Senior Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations,
School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C.
• European political and security issues
• NATO operations in Afghanistan, relations with Russia and Europe’s East, peace and stability in the Balkans
Kurt Volker is a Senior Advisor to the International Security Program and member of the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Advisors Group. He is a former U.S. Ambassador to NATO. Ambassador Volker is also Senior Fellow and Managing Director of the Center on Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Prior to joining SAIS, Ambassador Volker was a career member of the United States Senior Foreign Service, with over 23 years of experience working on European political and security issues under five U.S. Administrations. He served as Ambassador and the 19th U.S. Permanent Representative on the Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) from July 2, 2008 until May 17, 2009, leading the 156-person strong U.S. Mission to NATO. At NATO, Ambassador Volker straddled the transition covering the Bush and Obama Administrations, and oversaw U.S. preparations for NATO’s 60th Anniversary Summit, which took place in Strasbourg, France and Kehl, Germany on April 3-4, 2009. He worked to rebuild a stronger sense of community within the Alliance, and to use that renewed solidarity to strengthen support for NATO operations in Afghanistan, relations with Russia and Europe’s East, peace and stability in the Balkans, and NATO’s role in tackling security challenges in the 21st Century.