Robert E. Hunter

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Robert Edwards Hunter (born 1940 in Cambridge, Massachusetts) is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, D.C. He was Director of the Center for Transatlantic Security Studies at the National Defense University, Washington, D.C. (2010-2012) and Senior Advisor at the RAND Corporation, Arlington, Va, (1998-2010). He was National Security Council Director of West European Affairs (1977–1979), Director of Middle East Affairs (1979–1981) (in the administration of President Jimmy Carter), and United States Ambassador to NATO (1993–1998) (in the administration of President Bill Clinton), where he was principal architect and negotiator of the "new NATO." He was Foreign Policy Advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy (1993-1997). He served on the White House staff, focusing on education, under President Lyndon Johnson (1964–1965). He was President of the Atlantic Treaty Association, the umbrella organization for NATO's 41 Atlantic Councils, headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, from 2003 to 2008, when he stood down and was replaced by German Member of Parliament Dr. Karl A. Lamers (CDU). Hunter is Chairman of the Council for a Community of Democracies. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of the American Academy of Diplomacy, as well as the Atlantic Council of the United States.[1][2] He is also a member of the Secretary of State's International Security Advisory Board ,[3] and of the Academic Advisory Board of the NATO Defense College[4] in Rome.

Ambassador Hunter has authored more than 850 publications, written for Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The Washington Quarterly, and many other journals, as well as chapters in books and op-ed articles in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many other newspapers (more than 400 articles from 1981–93). In 2010, his book Building Security in the Persian Gulf was published by RAND.[5] His oral history, '"Education Never Ends,"' was published by the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training in 2011.[6]

He has played a national policy role in eight U.S. presidential election campaigns and been a leading speech writer for several U.S. Presidents, Vice Presidents, Secretaries of State and Defense, senators, and representatives.[7][8][9][10][11]

He attended Wesleyan University (B.A. - 1962, high distinction, Phi Beta Kappa) and the London School of Economics (Ph.D. in International Relations, 1969, Fulbright Scholar).[12][13]


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Chairman, Council for a Community of Democracies, 1992-  ; lSenior Advisor, RAND Corporation, Arlington, VA, 1998 -2012