Fabrice Pothier

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Initiative, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security

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Fabrice Pothier is a nonresident senior fellow with the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security.

Until recently, Pothier was head of policy planning at NATO, where he developed for two successive secretary generals some of the most consequential policy initiatives including Smart Defence, Defence Capacity Building Initiative, and the Readiness Action Plan. He shaped the narratives and decisions taken by heads of states and governments over four Summits; Lisbon, Chicago, Wales, and Warsaw.

Prior to his appointment at NATO, Pothier was founding director of Carnegie Europe, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s pan-European foreign policy centre based in Brussels. Under his leadership, Carnegie Europe became one of Europe's leading think-tanks on foreign policy and strategic issues by bringing global and regional perspectives.

Previously, Pothier was head of policy analysis and cofounder of the International Council on Security and Development (ICOS), which was initiated by the Network of European Foundations. He was focusing mostly on security developments Afghanistan and the global drugs policy issues acting as spokesperson with the international media and engaging with policy stakeholders in Europe and Afghanistan. He was international research manager at the London-based strategic consultancy Europe Japan Centre, owned by Japanese energy group Osaka Gas, where he provided political risk analysis for investors from Japan.

Pothier studied history and politics in France and in the United Kingdom, and speaks French, English, and Spanish.