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

Full Bio

David A. Merkel

Full Bio

David A. Merkel is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. He is also the managing director of Summit International Advisors, LLC. His expertise includes US foreign policy, the geopolitics of energy, the Belt Road Initiative, Europe, Russia, the Caucasus and Central Asia. He is based in Washington, DC.

Mr. Merkel has served as deputy assistant secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs; director for South and Central Asian affairs at the National Security Council; director for European and Eurasian affairs at the National Security Council in the White House and deputy assistant secretary for International Affairs at the US Treasury Department. He also served as international counselor to the Chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); and senior professional staff on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan and the Josef Korbel School of International Studies Social Science Foundation at the University of Denver as well as a visiting faculty member in the geopolitics of energy at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS London), and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.

Mr. Merkel has been an international election observer and worked on democracy programs for the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the International Republican Institute and the National Democratic Institute in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

Selected Opinion Editorials and Congressional Testimony:

The US must stay close to its friends in Riga
Washington Examiner June 27, 2018

Trump’s meeting with Kazakhstan president is important gesture of cooperation
The Hill January 15, 2018

The US Needs to Get Tough on Thailand
The Diplomat February 18, 2015

Is Israel Next in Line for an Energy Revolution?
Real Clear World February 12, 2015

The Development of Energy Resources in Central Asia
House Foreign Affairs Committee
May 21, 2014 Prepared Statement

Losing the Post Cold War
The Hill
October 22, 2013

Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus: Allies in Waiting
Center for Eurasian Policy Analysis
November 15, 2010

Kazakhstan’s Bid to Chair the OSCE
Hearing Before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
October 16, 2007 Prepared Statement page 49-52

Speaker’s Advisory Group Report on Russia: Russia’s Road to Corruption
September, 2000 Principal Author

Who Should Lead America’s Foreign Affairs?
The Moscow Times
October 26, 1996