Senior Adviser, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
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April 19, 2014Brent Scowcroft Center Senior Adviser Kurt Volker joins CNN's New Day to discuss how Russia is fomenting political unrest in Ukraine through support of separatist groups:
April 14, 2014Brent Scowcroft Center Senior Adviser Kurt Volker joins CNN's New Day to discuss the rapidly escalating conflicts across Eastern Ukraine:
March 07, 2013On March 7, 2013, the Atlantic Council hosted the Project for a United and Strong America for the launch of their new report, A New National Security Strategy for the United States.
January 23, 2013In his second inaugural address, President Obama offered these thoughts on winding down an age of conflict: “Enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.” And, he continued, “We will show the courage to try and resolve our…
October 30, 2012As documented in the recent Post series “The Permanent War,” the United States increasingly relies on drone strikes as a principal and permanent component in fighting global terrorism. This is effective at killing terrorist leadership and is relatively painless politically…
He is a former US Ambassador to NATO, is executive director of the McCain Institute for International Leadership, a part of Arizona State University, and is also senior fellow 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 US administrations. He served as ambassador and the nineteenth US permanent representative on the Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) from July 2, 2008 until May 17, 2009, leading a staff of 156 at the US Mission to NATO.
At NATO, Ambassador Volker straddled the transition covering the Bush and Obama administrations, and oversaw US preparations for NATO's 60th Anniversary Summit, which took place in Strasbourg, France and Kehl, Germany on April 3 to 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 twenty-first century.
Prior to his service at NATO, Ambassador Volker served as principal deputy assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs from July 2005 until June 2008. He had previously served as acting senior director for European and Eurasian affairs at the National Security Council (NSC). From 1999 to 2001, Ambassador Volker was deputy director of the Private Office of then-NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson. He was first secretary at the US Mission to NATO from 1998 to 1999, responsible for the Membership Action Plan and Partnership for Peace issues. As a State Department legislative fellow in the US Senate from 1997 to 1998, Ambassador Volker worked on foreign policy matters for Senator John McCain. His prior Foreign Service assignments include Budapest, London, and several positions in the US Department of State.
Ambassador Volker has a BA from Temple University and an MA in international relations from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. He has studied in Sweden and France and speaks Hungarian, Swedish and French.