David A. Merkel
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Eurasia Center
TopicsEnergy & Environment, European Energy Security, International Financial Institutions, International Trade, Trade Policy, Transatlantic and Eurasian Energy Security, US Foreign Policy, US National Security Policy
RegionsCaucasus, Central Asia, Eurasia, Europe
David A. Merkel
January 11, 2017
February 18, 2015Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center Senior Fellow David A. Merkel writes for The Diplomat on the democratic regression in Thailand and its...
February 12, 2015Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center Nonresident Senior Fellow David Merkel writes for Real Clear World on the potential for an oil discovery...
May 21, 2014Eurasia Center Senior Fellow David Merkel testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the subject of the development...
David A. Merkel is a senior fellow at Atlantic Council's Eurasia Center. He is also the managing director of Summit International Advisors and a visiting faculty member in the geopolitics of energy at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy. His expertise includes US foreign policy, the geopolitics of energy, international ﬁnancial issues, Europe, and the Caucasus and Central Asia. He is based in Washington, DC.
Merkel has served as deputy assistant secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the US Department of State; director for European and Eurasian affairs at the National Security Council in the White House; director for South and Central Asian affairs at the National Security Council; deputy assistant secretary for International Affairs at the US Treasury Department; international counselor to the Chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); and senior professional Sstaff on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan, the Josef Korbel School of International Studies Social Science Foundation at the University of Denver, and American University School of International Studies Dean's Council in Washington, DC.
He holds degrees in economics and international relations and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.