Daniel S. Hamilton

Daniel S. Hamilton

Non-resident senior fellow

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I serve as Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University SAIS Foreign Policy Institute, where I co-lead the Program on “The United States, Europe and World Order,” working in partnership with the SAIS Kissinger Center for Global Affairs. I am also President of the Transatlantic Leadership Network, and Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin.

Dr. Daniel S. Hamilton co-leads the Johns Hopkins University SAIS postdoctoral program on “The United States, Europe, and World Order,” which is conducted by the SAIS Kissinger Center on Global Affairs and the SAIS Foreign Policy Institute. He also serves as President of the Transatlantic Leadership Network and has served as the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Global Europe Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Dr. Hamilton has served as the Richard von Weizsäcker Professor and as the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Professor at SAIS. He was the Founding Director of the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations. For fifteen years he also served as Executive Director of the American Consortium for EU Studies, designated by the European Commission as the EU Center of Excellence Washington, DC.

Dr. Hamilton is the Director of the Atlantic Basin Initiative, a network that explores the changing dynamics among the four continents of the Atlantic Basin with regard to energy, economic growth and human development, values, and security.

He has held a variety of senior positions in the U.S. Department of State, including Deputy Assistant Secretary for European Affairs, U.S. Special Coordinator for Southeast European Stabilization; Associate Director of the Policy Planning Staff for two U.S. Secretaries of State; Director for Policy in the Bureau of European Affairs; and Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador and U.S. Embassy in Germany.

In 2008 he served as the first Robert Bosch Foundation Senior Diplomatic Fellow in the German Foreign Office and in 2012 he was a member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ‘Futures Advisory Group’.

Adding to having taught graduate courses in U.S. foreign policy and U.S.- European relations, Dr. Hamilton serves and has served on the boards of numerous educational institutions as well as on the editorial boards of European based journals and reviews.

Dr. Hamilton testifies regularly before the U.S. Congress and European parliaments and is a regular commentator for European and U.S. media.

He has served as a consultant to Microsoft, the U.S. Business Roundtable, the Transatlantic Business Dialogue, the National Geographic Society, and RAND.

Dr. Hamilton has been presented with Germany’s Cross of the Federal Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz); France’s Knighthood of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques; Sweden’s Knighthood of the Royal Order of the Polar Star; Poland’s Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit; the Transatlantic Business Award 2006 from the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union, and the Transatlantic Leadership Award 2007 from the European-American Business Council.

He has a Ph.D. and M.A. with distinction from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and an honorary doctorate from Concordia College. He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.


Selected Publications

Selected Publications

  • Paradigm Lost? Europe and the Challenges of a New World (forthcoming, 2021)
  •  The Transatlantic Economy (annual editions, 2004-2021)
  • The Arctic and World Order (2020)
  • Europe Whole and Free: Vision and Reality (2019)
  • Exiting the Cold War
  • Entering a New World (2019)
  • Open Door: NATO and Euro-Atlantic Security After the Cold War (2019)
  • Turkey in the North Atlantic Marketplace (2018)
  • Creating a North Atlantic Marketplace for Jobs and Growth (2018)
  • Domestic Determinants of Foreign Policy in the European Union and the United States (2018)
  • The Transatlantic Digital Economy (2017)
  • The Russia File: Russia and the West in an Unordered World (2017)
  • Eastern Voices: Europe’s East Face an Unsettled West (2017)
  • Forward Resilience (2016)
  • The Eastern Question: Russia, the West and Europe’s Grey Zone (2016)
  • Alliance Revitalized: NATO for a New Era (2016)
  • The Geopolitics of TTIP (2014)
  • Global Flow Security (2015)
  • Advancing U.S.-Nordic-Baltic Security Cooperation (2014)
  • Atlantic Rising: The Changing Commercial Dynamics of the Atlantic Basin (2014)
  • Dark Networks: Evolving Security Challenges in the Atlantic Basin (2014)
  • Open Ukraine: Changing Course Towards a European Future (2012)
  • Unfinished Business: The Western Balkans and the International Community (2012)
  • Europe’s Economic Crisis(2012)
  • Transatlantic 2020: A Tale of Four Futures (2012)
  • Preventing Conflict, Managing Crisis: European and American Perspectives (2011)
  • Europe 2020: Competitive or Complacent? (2011)
  • Shoulder to Shoulder: Forging a Strategic U.S.-EU Partnership (2010)
  • Alliance Reborn: An Atlantic Compact for the 21st Century (2009) by the Washington NATO Project).
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