U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, 2017-2019
Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
Author of Unquiet Frontier and Grand Strategy of the Habsburg Empire
Dr. A. Wess Mitchell is an American foreign policy expert who formerly served as Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. He was responsible for diplomatic relations with the 50 countries of Europe and Eurasia, alongside the institutions of NATO, the EU and OSCE. He is also the co-founder of the Center for European Policy Analysis; a policy institute that is dedicated to the study of Central and Eastern Europe.
Dr. Mitchell holds a doctorate in Political Science from the Otto Suhr Institut für Politikwissenschaft at Freie Universität in Berlin, a Master’s degree from the Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and a bachelor’s degree in History from Texas Tech University. During his time at the Center for German and European Studies, he was awarded the 2004 Hopper Award.
During the 2012 Presidential Campaign, Dr. Mitchell served on the national security team of Gov. Mitt Romney. Currently, he serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors at CEPA, a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and is a Non-Resident Fellow in the Applied History Project Harvard University Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center. In 2013 until 2016, Dr. Mitchell chaired the Europe Working Group of the John Hay Initiative and he has been awarded the Gold Medal of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic, the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of Hungary, and the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.
He is also the author of three books including: The Grand Strategy of the Habsburg Empire (2018) and Unquiet Frontier: Rising Rivals, Vulnerable Allies and the Crisis of American Power (2016).
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