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About Ambassador Daalder

Ivo H. Daalder

Ambassador, United States Permanent Representative
Ambassador Ivo H. Daalder, United States Permanent Representative to NATO

Ambassador Ivo H. Daalder, United States Permanent Representative to NATO

Ivo H. Daalder was appointed United States Permanent Representative on the Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, by President Barack Obama in May 2009. He was a Director for European Affairs on President Clinton's National Security Council staff from 1995 to 1997, where he was responsible for coordinating U.S. policy toward Bosnia.

Prior to being appointed to his current position, Ambassador Daalder was a Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, specializing in American foreign policy, European security and transatlantic relations, and national security affairs. He is the author of twelve books, including most recently, In the Shadow of the Oval Office: Profiles of the National Security Advisers and the Presidents they Served—From JFK to George W. Bush (with I. M. Destler) and the award-winning America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy (with James M. Lindsay). Other books include Beyond Preemption: Force and Legitimacy in a Changing World (2007); Crescent of Crisis: U.S.-European Strategy for the Greater Middle East (2006); Winning Ugly: NATO’s War to Save Kosovo (2000); and The Nature and Practice of Flexible Response: NATO Strategy and Theater Nuclear Forces since 1967 (1991).

Ambassador Daalder was educated at Oxford and Georgetown Universities, and received his Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is married to Elisa D. Harris, and they have two sons, Marc and Michael.