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Ivo H. Daalder

Assumed office 
May 15, 2009
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Kurt Volker

Born March 2, 1960 (1960-03-02) (age 50)
The Hague, Netherlands
Citizenship United States
Ethnicity Dutch
Spouse(s) Elisa D. Harris, August 2, 1987
Children Marc H. Daalder
Michael H. Daalder
Occupation Foreign policy researcher

Ivo H. Daalder, (born 1960, The Hague, Netherlands) is the current U.S. Permanent Representative on the Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. He is also an academic, political scientist, foreign policy adviser and author in the United States. Ambassador Daalder has been a Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy studies at The Brookings Institution. He was an United States National Security Council (NSC) staffer in the Clinton administration and adviser to Democrats running for President of the United States.


Education and achievements

Daalder was educated at Oxford University and Georgetown University, and received his Ph.D in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been a fellow at Harvard University's Center for Science and International Affairs and the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. He is the recipient of a Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs and an International Affairs Fellowship of the Council on Foreign Relations. Daalder is a member of the Academy of Political Science, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.


Prior to joining Brookings, Daalder was an associate professor at the University of Maryland, College Park’s School of Public Affairs, where he was also director of research at the Center for International and Security Studies. In 1995-97, he served as director for European Affairs on the National Security Council staff under President Bill Clinton, where he was responsible for coordinating U.S. policy toward Bosnia. From 1998-2001, Daalder served as a member of the Study Group of the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century (the Hart-Rudman Commission), a multi-year examination of U.S. national security requirements and institutions.

On March 11, 2009, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Daalder as United States Permanent Representative to NATO, a post commonly referred to as "U.S. Ambassador to NATO".[2]


Daalder was a foreign policy adviser to Democrats: Howard Dean's 2004 campaign and to president Barack Obama's 2008 campaign.[3]

With many others, Daalder signed four letters (2003–2005) on the stationery of the Project for the New American Century advising United States Congress and the George W. Bush administration on foreign policy.[4][5][6][7] He did not sign the original letter to President Clinton proposing regime change in Iraq.[8]


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Other publications


  1. ^ "Ivo H. Daalder." Marquis Who's Who TM. Marquis Who's Who, 2007. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2008. Retrieved November 25, 2008. Document Number: K2017750885.
  2. ^ "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts". Office of the Press Secretary, the White House. 2009-03-11. Retrieved 2009-03-12. 
  3. ^ "Times Topics > People > D > Daalder, Ivo H.". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  4. ^ Ronald Asmus; Max Boot, Frank Carlucci, Eliot Cohen, Martin S. Indyk, Dennis Ross ,R. James Woolsey, et al. (March 19, 2003). "Statement on Post-War Iraq". Project for the New American Century. Retrieved 2008-11-25. "The successful disarming, rebuilding, and democratic reform of Iraq can contribute decisively to the democratization of the wider Middle East. This is an objective of overriding strategic importance to the United States, as it is to the rest of the international community - and its achievement will require an investment and commitment commensurate with that. We offer our full support to the President and Congress to accomplish these vitally important goals." 
  5. ^ Gordon Adams; Martin S. Indyk, Bruce P. Jackson, Robert Kagan, Dennis Ross,[ [Helmut Sonnenfeldt]], et al. (March 28, 2003). "Second Statement on Post-War Iraq". Project for the New American Century. Retrieved 2008-11-25. "The United States should therefore seek passage of a Security Council resolution that endorses the establishment of a civilian administration in Iraq..." 
  6. ^ Max Boot; Madeleine K. Albright, Anders Aslund, Joseph R. Biden, Carl Bildt, Francis Fukuyama, Richard C. Holbrooke,Vaclav Havel, John McCain, Radek Sikorski, R. James Woolsey , et al. (September 28, 2004). "An Open Letter to the Heads of State and Government Of the European Union and NATO". Project for the New American Century. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  7. ^ Peter Beinart; Daniel Blumenthal, Frederick Kagan, Robert Kagan, Barry R. McCaffrey, Michael O'Hanlon, R. James Woolsey, et al. (January 28, 2005). "Letter to Congress on Increasing U.S. Ground Forces". Project for the New American Century. Retrieved 2008-11-25. "... three vital goals: disarming Iraq of all its weapons of mass destruction stocks and production capabilities; establishing a peaceful, stable, democratic government in Iraq; and contributing to the democratic development of the wider Middle East." 
  8. ^ Elliott Abrams; Richard L. Armitage, William J. Bennett, Jeffrey Bergner, John Bolton, Paula Dobriansky, Francis Fukuyama, Robert Kagan, Zalmay Khalilzad, William Kristol, Richard Perle,Peter W. Rodman, Donald Rumsfeld, William Schneider, Jr., Vin Weber, Paul Wolfowitz, R. James Woolsey, Robert B. Zoellick (January 26, 1998). "Letter to President Clinton". Project for the New American Century. Retrieved 2008-11-25. "The only acceptable strategy is one that eliminates the possibility that Iraq will be able to use or threaten to use weapons of mass destruction. In the near term, this means a willingness to undertake military action as diplomacy is clearly failing. In the long term, it means removing Saddam Hussein and his regime from power. That now needs to become the aim of American foreign policy." 

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