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

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
Putin’s Game: What Just Happened? Putin gave nothing, achieved everything he wanted and the door remains open to more.
Ukraine: Action Must Follow the West’s Tough Words Russia’s sudden and substantial military escalation in and around Ukrainian territory has captured media and government attention not only in Ukraine but also in the EU, the United States, NATO, and other western capitals.
Reviving NATO Won’t Be Easy Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s recent visit to Brussels was nearly pitch-perfect when it comes to restoring good relations with most European allies.