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

Opportunity Glints Amid Georgian Crisis Georgia’s future as a democracy, and therefore its potential membership in the EU and NATO, is at stake
Biden-Zelensky: Seize the Moment Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s meeting with President Joe Biden at the White House provides an opportunity to re-establish a genuine strategic partnership.
Afghanistan’s End Portends a Darker U.S. Future America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan is causing the implosion of the Afghan government.
U.S.-Russia Arms Talks: A Difficult Dance in Geneva A focus on Cold War-style arms control talks serves Russia and China better than the United States.
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.