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: Greek snipers with the Special Paratroopers Unit quickly don gas masks during the 2021 European Best Sniper Competition. The US-organised competition gathered sniper teams from 14 NATO Allies and partners at Hohenfels Training Area in Germany in August 2021. Credit: NATO A Time for NATO Fortitude to Deter Russian Threats The alliance must not blink or compromise its values in the face of Kremlin menace toward its friends.
How to Survive Winter, Confound Putin, and Save Ukraine Russian President Vladimir Putin is engaged in a multi-pronged escalation of threats within Europe. His schemes can be defeated.
Everyone Suffers When America Turns Its Back The on-off US foreign policy of the 21st century is damaging the world and America itself — the government must be shrewder and more consistent.
Photo: TBILISI, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 14, 2021: People take part in a rally demanding to set free Georgia's ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili organized by the United National Movement political party. Saakashvili was arrested in Tbilisi on October 1, 2021, upon his return to Georgia. The former president faces multiple criminal charges in the country. Credit: David Mdzinarishvili/TASS. 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.