Ivo H. Daalder

President, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Ambassador Ivo H. Daalder is president of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Founded in 1922, the Council is a leading independent, nonpartisan organization committed to educating the public and influencing the discourse on global issues of the day.

Prior to joining the Council in July 2013, Ambassador Daalder served as the US Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization for more than four years. For his service he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service by Secretary Chuck Hagel. Ambassador Daalder also served on the National Security Council staff as director for European Affairs from 1995-97.  

Ambassador Daalder is a widely-published author. His most recent books include 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); and Winning Ugly: NATO’s War to Save Kosovo (2000). Daalder is a frequent contributor to the opinion pages of the world’s leading newspapers, and a regular commentator on international affairs on television and radio. 

Before his appointment as Ambassador to NATO by President Obama in 2009, 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. Prior to joining Brookings in 1998, he was an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and director of research at its Center for International and Security Studies.  

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

Follow him on Twitter @IvoHDaalder


Recent Publications
Chicago Council President Ivo H. Daalder Offers Expert Analysis on NATO SummitChicago Council President Ivo H. Daalder Offers Expert Analysis on NATO9/12/2014 

5 Talking Points by Ivo Daalder"5 Talking Points by Ivo Daalder," Commentary by Chicago Council President Ivo H. Daalder, in the Chicago Tribune9/12/2014 

Rising Tension In Ukraine"Rising Tension In Ukraine," Commentary by Chicago Council President Ivo H. Daalder on BBC World Service9/2/2014 

Russia's Invasion of Ukraine Demands a Decisive Response"Russia's Invasion of Ukraine Demands a Decisive Response," Commentary by Chicago Council President Ivo H. Daalder in the Financial Times8/28/2014 

Update on Malaysian Plane Crash in Ukraine"Update on Malaysian Plane Crash in Ukraine," Chicago Council President Ivo H. Daalder, former US ambassador to NATO, on WTTW's Chicago Tonight7/24/2014 

Containing Russia Requires Economic and Political Measures That Impose Real Costs"Containing Russia Requires Economic and Political Measures That Impose Real Costs," Commentary by Chicago Council President Ivo H. Daalder, former US ambassador to NATO, in the Financial Times7/23/2014 

NATO Must Reassure Its Members in the East"NATO Must Reassure Its Members in the East," Commentary by Chicago Council President Ivo H. Daalder, former US ambassador to NATO, in the Financial Times6/5/2014 

Ex-NATO Ambassador: Deploy More Forces to Baltics and Poland"Ex-NATO Ambassador: Deploy More Forces to Baltics and Poland," Commentary by Chicago Council President Ivo H. Daalder, former US ambassador to NATO, on Deutsche Welle5/2/2014 

Putin's Strategic Miscalculations Will Cost Russia"Putin's Strategic Miscalculations Will Cost Russia," Commentary by Chicago Council President Ivo H. Daalder, former US ambassador to NATO, in the Financial Times4/17/2014 

Russia, Crimea"Russia, Crimea," Chicago Council President Ivo H. Daalder Media Call with James. G. Stavridis and Foreign Affairs4/2/2014 

NATO Wrestles with Russia over Crimea"NATO Wrestles with Russia over Crimea," President Ivo H. Daalder on WBEZ's Worldview4/2/2014 

Thanks to Vladimir Putin's Crimea Incursion, NATO Will Stand the Test of Time"Thanks to Vladimir Putin's Crimea Incursion, NATO Will Stand the Test of Time," Commentary by Chicago Council President Ivo H. Daalder, former US ambassador to NATO, in the Financial Times3/25/2014 

When It Comes to Russia, the West Has Few Options and Little Leverage — for Now"When It Comes to Russia, the West Has Few Options and Little Leverage — for Now," President Ivo H. Daalder on PRI's The World3/24/2014 

Ukraine Update"Ukraine Update," Chicago Council President Ivo H. Daalder, former US ambassador to NATO, on WTTW's Chicago Tonight3/24/2014 

The West's Response to Developments in Ukraine"The West's Response to Developments in Ukraine," Chicago Council President Ivo H. Daalder, former US ambassador to NATO, on The Diane Rehm Show3/10/2014 

Can International Diplomacy Deescalate the Ukraine Crisis?"Can International Diplomacy Deescalate the Ukraine Crisis?," Chicago Council President Ivo H. Daalder, former US ambassador to NATO, on BBC's HARDtalk3/6/2014 

10 Questions: Fmr. NATO Ambassador on What Comes Next in Ukraine"10 Questions: Fmr. NATO Ambassador on What Comes Next in Ukraine," Commentary by Chicago Council President Ivo H. Daalder, former US ambassador to NATO, on NBC News3/6/2014 

Former US Ambassador on What's next for Ukraine"Former US Ambassador on What's next for Ukraine," Commentary by Chicago Council President Ivo H. Daalder, former US ambassador to NATO, on CNN3/4/2014 

Former US Ambassador to NATO on Ukraine Crisis"Former US Ambassador to NATO on Ukraine Crisis," Commentary by Chicago Council President Ivo H. Daalder, former US ambassador to NATO, on WTTW's Chicago Tonight3/4/2014 

NATO Aims to Raise Price for Putin in Crimea — but How?"NATO Aims to Raise Price for Putin in Crimea — but How?," Commentary by Chicago Council President Ivo H. Daalder, former US ambassador to NATO, on NPR3/3/2014 

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