Resident Senior Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
TopicsInternational Security, Missile Defense, NATO and its Partners, Nordic-Baltic security, US Defense Policy
RegionsCentral Europe, Europe, Russia, Ukraine
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May 12, 2015USA Today quotes Brent Scowcroft Center Senior Fellow Ian Brzezinski on the Minsk agreement and violations of the ceasefire in Ukraine:
May 11, 2015USA Today quotes Brent Scowcroft Center Senior Fellow Ian Brzezinski on recent developments in Ukraine as Secretary Kerry prepares to meet with President Putin:
April 30, 2015Ian Brzezinski: Our policy “conveys hesitancy and a lack of unity and determination. It has failed to convince Putin to reverse course. Indeed, it may have actually emboldened him.” The West's current strategy toward Russian President Vladimir Putin's aggression…
April 28, 2015Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression towards Ukraine and provocative military actions elsewhere in Europe are aimed at portraying the United States and NATO as “lacking the diplomatic, economic, and military capacity to counter Russian power,” the Atlantic Council’s Ian Brzezinski told…
April 20, 2015Twenty-five years after the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the beginning of a long process of European reunification, Europe has arrived at a historic inflection point. The European Union faces multiple external threats, including a resurgent Russia, growing global…
Full BioIan Brzezinski is a Resident Senior Fellow with the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security and is on the Atlantic Council's Strategic Advisors Group.
He brings to the Council more than two decades of experience in US national security matters, having served in senior policy positions in the US Department of Defense and the US Congress. He currently leads the Brzezinski Group, which provides strategic insight and advice to government and commercial clients.
Brzezinski served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO Policy (2001-05). His office formulated, coordinated, and executed bilateral and regional engagement strategies and defense guidance with the Joint Staff, Unified Combatant Commands, and Defense Department elements. His lead responsibilities included NATO expansion; Alliance force planning and transformation; and NATO operations in the Balkans, the Mediterranean, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Key highlights of his tenure include the expansion of NATO membership in 2004; the consolidation and reconfiguration of the Alliance's command structure; the standing up of the NATO Response Force; and the coordination of European military contributions to US and NATO-led operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Balkans.
Brzezinski served for seven years on Capitol Hill, first as a Legislative Assistant for national security affairs to the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Bill Roth, (1995–2000) and then as a Senior Professional Staff Member on the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (2000–2001). In these capacities, he drafted and implemented legislative initiatives and strategies concerning US interests in Europe, Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. As the Staff Coordinator of the Senate NATO Observer Group, he facilitated coordination and communication between the US Senate and the executive branch on NATO enlargement, NATO operations in the Balkans, and Alliance force modernization, among other issues.
Brzezinski served as a volunteer in Ukraine (1993-1994) advising the Ukrainian National Security Council, Foreign Ministry, Defense Ministry, and Parliament. He served as a member of the Policy Planning Staff in the Defense Department (1991–93), a consultant to the Center for Naval Analysis (1991–1992) and a Support Analyst/Information Assistant at the National Security Council (1986–1987). He also worked for five years as a principal at Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., providing policy and technical support to US combatant commands and foreign clients.
For his public service, Brzezinski has been awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service; the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gedimas; the Latvian Ministry of Defense Award; the Romanian Medal for National Service, Order of Commander; and the Order of Merit, Republic of Poland, Officer Class.