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Fri, Mar 5, 2021

#45: Establish a “Parallel Track” Approach for Denuclearizing North Korea

By: Ambassador Alexander “Sandy” Vershbow What is the kernel of the issue? The Biden administration shouldn’t give up on the goal of denuclearization of North Korea, despite the failure of top-level negotiations between former President Trump and Kim Jong-un.  Why is the issue important? The North Korean nuclear and missile threat continues to grow, and […]

100 Ideas for the first 100 days

Fri, Mar 5, 2021

Biden and Ukraine: A strategy for the new administration

The United States has been an essential partner for Ukraine since the Kremlin's invasion in 2014. Now that Joe Biden has taken office, he has a real chance to move past the difficult detour that US-Ukraine relations took under his predecessor.

Issue Brief by Anders Åslund, Daniel Fried, Melinda Haring, John E. Herbst, William B. Taylor, Alexander Vershbow

Conflict Corruption

Thu, Mar 4, 2021

A rebuttal to Russia’s narrative about the West, grounded in history

A recently compiled trove of historical documents constitutes a profound rebuttal of a false narrative, contradicting Moscow’s complaints about NATO through the words of Russia’s own top officials and experts. In an age of widespread disinformation and malign revisionism, the collection provides an accurate account of the NATO-Russia relationship.

New Atlanticist by Ian Brzezinski, Daniel Fried, Alexander Vershbow

European Union International Organizations

Ambassador Alexander “Sandy” Vershbow is a distinguished fellow with the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and Eurasia Center. Ambassador Vershbow was the deputy secretary general of NATO from February 2012 to October 2016.

Prior to his post at NATO, Ambassador Vershbow served for three years as the US assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs. In that position, he was responsible for coordinating US security and defense policies relating to the nations and international organizations of Europe (including NATO), the Middle East, and Africa.

From 1977 to 2008, Vershbow was a career member of the United States Foreign Service. He served as US ambassador to NATO (1998-2001); to the Russian Federation (2001-05); and to the Republic of Korea (2005-08). He held numerous senior positions in Washington, including special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs at the National Security Council (1994-97) and State Department director for Soviet Union affairs (1988-91). During his career, he was centrally involved in strengthening US defense relations with allies in Europe and Asia and in transforming NATO and other European security organizations to meet post-Cold War challenges. He also was involved in efforts to support democracy and human rights in the former Soviet Union.