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

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

Chicago Tribune , March 26, 2020

Trump Calls the Coronavirus a ‘Foreign Virus,’ Exposing His Flawed World View

Chicago Tribune, March 12, 2020

Can 50 Years of Minimizing Nuclear Proliferation Continue?

The New York Times , March 5, 2020

Are the US and Europe Destined for Splitsville?

Chicago Tribune, February 27, 2020

#AskIvo: What Happens to Germany after Merkel Is Gone?

Global Insight, February 20, 2020

Deep Dish: Alliances Secured America’s Past. Will They Secure Its Future?

Global Insight, February 20, 2020

China’s Secrecy Has Made the Coronavirus Crisis Much Worse

Chicago Tribune , February 13, 2020

Britain Sticks with Huawei for 5G — and Jeopardizes the Five Eyes Alliance

Chicago Tribune , January 30, 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