Non-Resident Senior Advisor Alexander Vershbow

Alexander Vershbow headshot
Non-Resident Senior Advisor
Academic Year: 2023-24
Distinguished Visiting Fellow, 2022-23, 2021-22 and 2019-20; Wolk Distinguished Visiting Fellow, 2020-21

Alexander Vershbow is a distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and Eurasia Center in Washington, DC, where he works on transatlantic issues and relations with Russia and Ukraine. Vershbow, a former career member of the US Foreign Service, was deputy secretary general of NATO from 2012 to 2016, and US assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs from 2009 to 2012. He also served as US ambassador to NATO, Russia, and the Republic of Korea. Vershbow has held numerous senior positions in Washington, including special assistant to the president for European affairs at the National Security Council and State Department director for Soviet Union affairs. He received a BA in Russian and East European studies from Yale University and a master’s in international relations and a certificate of the Russian Institute from Columbia University.

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