Resident Senior Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
TopicsMissile Defense, NATO and its Partners, US Defense Policy
RegionsCentral Europe, Europe, Russia, Ukraine
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March 05, 2014Every week a selection of leading experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey, nonresident senior associate at Carnegie Europe and editor-on-chief of Strategic Europe, on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe's role in the world. This week the…
March 03, 2014NATO’s governing body, the North Atlantic Council, met Sunday to discuss Russia's invasion of Crimea and its threat to take military action elsewhere in Ukraine. Immediately afterwards, the Alliance convened a session of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, which brought Kyiv to…
March 02, 2014US Should Stress to Russia the Costs it Will Pay at Home Russia's invasion of Crimea, and the Russian parliament’s authorization for President Vladimir Putin's to use military force throughout Ukraine, reflects Putin’s longstanding desire to reacquire territory lost through…
March 01, 2014US Debates ‘Business as Usual’ With Russia, Says Council's Damon Wilson As President Obama warned Russia that “there will be costs” if it pursues an invasion of the Ukrainian region of Crimea, policymakers in Washington are debating whether to sustain…
February 28, 2014Ian Brzezinski, senior fellow for the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, is quoted by CNBC on Russia's aggressive moves in Crimea:
Ian 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 (2000–01). 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 (1993-94) 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 (1991–92) and a support analyst/information assistant at the National Security Council (1986–87). 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.