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

What We Should Be Asking About the Russian Bounties on US Troops

Chicago Tribune, July 3, 2020

Trump’s Transactional Approach is Eroding Global Alliances

Chicago Tribune, June 18, 2020

Trump’s Rejection of WHO and Other Global Pacts Leaves America on Its Own

Chicago Tribune, June 4, 2020

How Americans View the US Role in the World, With Ivo Daalder

Defense One Radio, May 8, 2020

No, We’re Not at ‘War.’ The Dangers of How We Talk about the COVID-19 Pandemic

Chicago Tribune, May 7, 2020

Who Failed in the Coronavirus Response? A Look at the Timeline.

Chicago Tribune, April 23, 2020

Has China Won? Ivo Daalder and Kishore Mahbubani

Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development , April 22, 2020

While US Plays Blame Game in Coronavirus Crisis, China Shows Leadership

Chicago Tribune , March 26, 2020

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