Kurt Volker

Distinguished Fellow

Ambassador Kurt Volker is a leading expert in U.S. foreign and national security policy with some 30 years of experience in a variety of government, academic, and private sector capacities. He served as U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations from 2017 to 2019, and as U.S. Ambassador to NATO from 2008-2009. Ambassador Volker is currently Managing Director, International, and Co-Chair of the Advisory Board at BGR Group, which provides government relations, public relations, and business advisory services to a wide array of clients. He is also President and Founder of Alliance Strategic Advisors, LLC, and has previously served as a Director of CG Funds Trust and the Wall Street Fund.

From 2012-2019, Ambassador Volker was the founding Executive Director of The McCain Institute for International Leadership, a part of Arizona State University based in Washington, D.C. He remains a Senior Advisor at the Atlantic Council; a Trustee of the American College of the Mediterranean in Aix-en-Provence, France; a Trustee of the Hungary Initiatives Foundation; a member of the GLOBSEC International Advisory Board; and a member of the International Advisory Board of the U.S. Institute for Peace. He has taught Transatlantic Relations at The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, and is a member of that School’s Board of Advisors.

Written by Ambassador Kurt Volker

Making Sanctions Smarter Sanctions must become a negotiating tool to achieve clear policy goals – not merely punish past behavior or deter its repetition.
How Putin Keeps Winning Russia’s president exploits three mistakes the United States makes time and again.
Three Seas Initiative Merits Full U.S. Support The Biden administration should back up its strong words with concrete steps to support the Central and East European grouping
What Does a Successful Biden-Putin Summit Look Like? Not What You Think There can be no accommodation unless and until Russian aggression ends and it returns to the rules-based order
A Plan for NATO to Get Serious About Russia The NATO Summit on June 14 will define the future of NATO for the rest of the Biden Administration.
Ukraine: Time for a True Strategic Partnership The U.S. and Ukraine need to get serious about putting the cards on the table that would deter Putin from any further military action