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

Photo: Ukrainian civilian volunteers and reservists of the Kyiv Territorial Defense unit conduct weekly combat training in an abandoned asphalt factory on the outskirts of Kiev, as Russian forces continue to mobilize en masse on the Ukrainian border. Kiev, Ukraine, February 19, 2022. Credit: Justin Yau/Sipa USA Putin Marches on Ukraine Vladimir Putin’s decision for Russia to recognize the so-called Luhansk and Donetsk Peoples Republics as independent states is not an end but a beginning.
Photo: Militants of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LNR) stand guard at fighting positions on the line of separation from the Ukrainian armed forces in Luhansk Region, Ukraine April 13, 2021. Credit: REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko Buckle Up: This is Just the First Step Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to recognize the so-called Luhansk and Donetsk Peoples Republics as independent states is not an end but a beginning
Photo: Ukrainian reservists practice combat movement drills. Ukrainian civilians and reservists conduct military training in the outskirts of Kyiv under the Ukrainian Territorial Defense Forces as Russian troops mass on the nation's borders. Kyiv Ukraine, 01/29/2022. Credit: Justin Yau/Sipa USA Why Ukraine Will Win (and Why the West Should Help Now) Ukrainians have already made the decision about their future — it’s with the West. The only question is whether the West will listen, and help.
Photo: MOSCOW, RUSSIA - NOVEMBER 26, 2021: Honor guard and military band servicemen of the 154th Preobrazhensky Independent Commandant's Regiment take part in a training exercise in a barrack square. The regiment's honor guard battalion performs during ceremonies attended by Russian officials. Credit: Vladimir Gerdo/TASS. The (Russian) Empire Strikes Back As the US and NATO allies negotiate with Russia this week, they need to accept a sobering reality: Vladimir Putin is determined to rebuild the Russian empire
Stopping the Countdown to Russian Invasion Russia’s unacceptable demands to the United States and NATO make a new invasion into Ukraine more likely. It is time the allies agreed on urgent action.
Don’t Let Russia Fool You About the Minsk Agreements The deals reached several years ago are far from perfect, but they nonetheless offer a way to talk to Russia while pressing it not to invade further.