The Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) is excited to announce today that former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Dr. A. Wess Mitchell will rejoin the organization’s Board of Directors. A co-founder of the institute, Dr. Mitchell will serve as Vice Chairman of the Board.
“We are thrilled to have Wess returning to the CEPA family,” said CEPA President and CEO Peter B. Doran. “As Assistant Secretary of State, his leadership and tireless service embodied the same vision that we uphold through our transatlantic mission at CEPA. His knowledge, expertise, and drive will significantly amplify our institutional mission and impact.”
At the U.S. Department of State, Dr. Mitchell served as America’s top diplomat for Europe and Eurasia, with responsibility for relations with 50 countries and the institutions of NATO, the EU, and OSCE. During his time at State, Mitchell played a principal role in forming Europe strategy in support of the National Security Strategy, led the Interagency in shaping instruments to counter Russian and Chinese malign influence abroad, and spearheaded new diplomatic initiatives for Central Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean, and Western Balkans. Mitchell is the author of numerous reports and articles on transatlantic relations as well as three books, including most recently Unquiet Frontier: Vulnerable Allies, Rising Rivals and the Crisis of American Power (Princeton University Press, 2016), which he co-authored with CEPA Senior Fellow Dr. Jakub J. Grygiel, and The Grand Strategy of the Habsburg Empire (Princeton University Press, 2018). Mitchell holds a doctorate from Freie Universität in Berlin and is a senior advisor to the Secretary of State.