CepaForum 2017
A. Wess Mitchell
A. Wess Mitchell

A. Wess Mitchell is President & CEO of the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). A co-founder of CEPA, Mitchell has played a leading role in its development into the largest research institute for Central European security in the United States. At CEPA, he is responsible for the strategic direction of the Center, the management of senior staff and fellows in the Washington, DC and Warsaw offices, and the development of major analytical programs. Mitchell is the author of numerous scholarly articles, policy reports and analytical briefs, and is a frequent commentator on NATO and transatlantic security at international security conferences. During the 2012 U.S. Presidential election, he served on the National Security Transition Team for the Mitt Romney presidential campaign and from 2013 to 2016 chaired the Europe Working Group for the John Hay Initiative. He holds a Master’s Degree in German and European Studies from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he was awarded the 2004 Hopper Award, and recently completed a PhD at Freie Universität Berlin. He is the co-author of two books on geopolitics, including Unquiet Frontier: Vulnerable Allies, Rising Rivals and the Crisis of American Power (with Jakub J. Grygiel, Princeton Press, 2016). His third book, also with Princeton Press, will be published in spring 2018. A sixth generation Texan, Mitchell lives in Virginia with his wife and two children.
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