Ivo H. Daalder

President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs


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

Bio

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.

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Events

In the News

#AskIvo: How Long Is Putin Planning to Stay in Power in Russia?

Global Insight, January 23, 2020

After Stirring Up the Middle East, Trump Now Wants NATO’s Help? That’s Rich.

Chicago Tribune , January 16, 2020

Iraqi Government Asks Pompeo for Guidelines on Withdrawing US Troops

CNN Newsroom , January 10, 2020

‘Neither the United States Nor Iran Wants to Go to War,’ says Former Ambassador

PRI's The World, January 8, 2020

Iran Mourns Soleimani and Vows Retaliation Against US

Chicago Tonight , January 6, 2020

People Will Demand Change in 2020. Will Global Leaders Be Up to the Challenge?

Chicago Tribune , January 2, 2020

Boris Johnson is Getting Brexit Done. But Then What?

Chicago Tribune, December 19, 2019

NATO at 70: Cracks in Alliance Are Significant

The Chicago Tribune, December 5, 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

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