Executive Vice President
TopicsCrisis Management, Democracy and human rights, Diplomacy, Eurozone, International Security, NATO and its Partners, Transatlantic Relations, US Defense Policy, US Foreign Policy
RegionsBalkans, Baltics, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Europe, Georgia, Nordics, Ukraine, Western Europe
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June 14, 2019Progress is not inevitable. For seven decades, the United States has led the international order built on the foundation of democratic values, human dignity, and open markets, which has brought better lives for our citizens and billions of people around…
June 11, 2019Ties between the United States and Greece are not at risk of weakening, regardless of the outcome of snap elections for the Greek parliament in July, Geoffrey Pyatt, the US ambassador to Greece, said at the Atlantic Council on June…
April 10, 2019On Wednesday, April 10, the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs hosted a discussion with Nobel Laureate Ouidad Bouchamaoui for a roundtable discussion on Ms. Bouchamaoui’s experience during the Tunisian revolution, current affairs, and hopes for Tunisia’s future. The discussion, moderated…
April 04, 2019NATO is being celebrated in Washington this week. The Alliance, which turned seventy on April 4, is marking its anniversary in the very town it was born. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg made history by becoming the first leader of…
April 03, 2019Testimony before The House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and the Environment Hearing on The Future of NATO: New Challenges and Opportunities April 2, 2019 Damon M. Wilson Executive Vice President, Atlantic Council
From 2007 to 2009, Wilson served as special assistant to the President and senior director for european affairs at the National Security Council. He played a leading role in developing and coordinating US government efforts to work with Europe on global challenges. He managed interagency policy on NATO, the European Union, Georgia, Ukraine, the Balkans, Eurasian energy security, and Turkey, and planned numerous presidential visits to Europe, including US-European Union and NATO summits.
Previously, Wilson served at the US embassy in Baghdad as the executive secretary and chief of staff, where he helped manage one of the largest US embassies, implementing a reorganization plan that strengthened coordination, accountability, and effectiveness, and played a key role in overseeing the embassy's effort to design and implement a civilian surge throughout Iraq. Prior to this posting, he worked at the National Security Council as the director for Central, Eastern, and Northern European affairs from 2004 to 2006. During this time, Wilson strengthened ties with the German Chancellery, coordinated interagency policy in support of reform in Ukraine, directed efforts to deepen engagement with America's allies in Central and Eastern Europe—including beginning the expansion of more secure visa-free travel—and promoted close consultations with coalition partners in Iraq and Afghanistan.
From 2001 to 2004, Wilson served as deputy director of the Private Office of the NATO Secretary General, assisting Lord George Robertson in his drive to transform the Alliance by enlarging NATO membership, conducting operations beyond Europe particularly in Afghanistan, and adapting Allied capabilities to face modern threats. Wilson also supported the Secretary General's role in the successful effort to avert civil war in Macedonia. Prior to serving in Brussels, Wilson worked in the US Department of State's Office of European Security and Political Affairs, where he was responsible for cooperation with NATO Allies on missile defense, nuclear policy, and preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction. He also worked on the State Department's China desk and at the US embassy in Beijing as a presidential management fellow. Wilson began his service at the State Department by helping coordinate policy to adapt NATO to modern security challenges and planning for the Alliance's 50th anniversary summit in Washington during the Kosovo conflict.
Wilson completed his master's degree at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs, where he also taught an undergraduate policy workshop on implementing NATO expansion. As a graduate student in 1997, he worked in the African Affairs Directorate of the National Security Council concentrating on Central Africa. From 1995 to 1996, he served as the first hart leadership fellow, working in Rwanda as a project officer for Save the Children's Children and War Program. As a Benjamin N. Duke leadership scholar at Duke University, Wilson obtained his BA summa cum laude in political science. He also studied at the University of Grenoble, France, conducted independent research on democracy in Estonia, and worked for the Unaccompanied Children in Exile refugee program in Croatia and Turkey.
Wilson speaks French and has been decorated by the Presidents of Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, and Poland for his efforts to advance transatlantic relations. He also serves as a senior adviser to the US-Ukraine Business Council; is a member of Commander, US European Command; serves on the international advisory board to the Slovak Atlantic Commission; is a member of the international board of the Institute for Development and Social Initiative (IDIS) in Moldova; and has lectured at George Washington University.