David A. Merkel

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Eurasia Center

David Merkel

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Energy & Environment, European Energy Security, International Financial Institutions, International Trade, Trade Policy, Transatlantic and Eurasian Energy Security, US Foreign Policy, US National Security Policy


Caucasus, Central Asia, Eurasia, Europe

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David A. Merkel

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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.