Ivo H. Daalder

President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Areas of expertise: Global Security, Policy & Politics, North America, Europe


Ivo H. Daalder is president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He served as the US ambassador to NATO from 2009-2013.

Prior to his appointment as ambassador to NATO by President Obama, 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. Before 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. He also served as director for European affairs on President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council staff from 1995-97.

Ambassador Daalder is the author and editor of 10 books, including The Empty Throne: America's Abdication of Global Leadership (with James M. Lindsay). Other 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). 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.

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



In the News

Why does U.S. diplomacy require all these ... people?

Chicago Tribune, November 21, 2019

The Berlin Wall Fell in a Dramatic Wave of Hope, Openness and US Support 30 Years Ago. Now Everything Is Different.

Chicago Tribune, November 8, 2019

Americans Want to Be Engaged with the World—the Question Is How

The National Interest, November 2, 2019

Trump’s Withdrawal from Syria Didn’t Just Abandon the Kurds to Turkey. It Also Shook the Ground under NATO.

Chicago Tribune, October 24, 2019

President Trump Fell in Love with Kim Jong Un — and North Korea Kept Building Missiles

Chicago Tribune, October 10, 2019

Trump’s Empty Threats Weaken the US and Embolden Enemies

Chicago Tribune, September 26, 2019

Can O’Brien Succeed as National Security Advisor?

Foreign Policy, September 20, 2019

Debunked! Most Americans Do Support the U.S. Engaging in World Affairs, Not Retreating

Chicago Tribune, September 12, 2019

Past Event Multimedia

  • Symposium: China's Rise and the US-Japan Alliance

    Ivo H. Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Evan Feigenbaum, Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Karl Friedhoff, Fellow, Public Opinion and Asia Policy; Ichiro Fujisaki, President, Nakasone Peace Institute; Former Ambassador of Japan to the United States; Tobias Harris, Fellow for Economy, Trade, and Business, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA; And other participants