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) and then Director of Middle East Affairs (1979–1981), throughout 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 post-Cold War "new NATO" and of the NATO airstrike decisions that ended the Bosnia War. 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. Hunter was Chairman of the Council for a Community of Democracies (2001-2014). He was Lead Consultant to the National Bipartisan Commission on Central America, the "Kissinger Commission" (1983-1984); was Advisor on Lebanon to the Speaker of the House of Representatives (1983); and served on the Secretary of Defense's Defense Policy Board (1998-2000). He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of the American Academy of Diplomacy, and a member of the Board of the Atlantic Council of the United States,[1][2] and of the European Institute. He is also a member of the Secretary of State's International Security Advisory Board,[3] and was a member (2010-2013) of the Academic Advisory Board of the NATO Defense College[4] in Rome, where he is now an Honorary Ancien.

Ambassador Hunter has authored more than 900 publications, written for Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, and The Washington Quarterly', and chapters in books and op-ed articles inThe Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and The Washington Post (more than 400 articles from 1981–93). His books include Security in Europe, Indiana University Press, 1972; Presidential Control of Foreign Policy: Management or Mishap (foreword by Brent Scowcroft), Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1982;The European Security and Defense Policy: NATO's Companion - or Competitor?, RAND, 2002; Building a Successful Palestinian State: Security (with Seth Jones), RAND, 2006; and Building Security in the Persian Gulf, RAND, 2010.[5] His oral history, Education Never Ends, was published by the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training in 2011.[6] He has given speeches and appeared on radio and television in more than 20 countries, several thousand appearances. He has taught at London School of Economics, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and Washington College, where he was Louis L. Goldstein Chair in Public Policy (1989). He has been decorated by 8 foreign countries (including the French Legion of Honor) and has twice been decorated with the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal, the Pentagon's highest civilian decoration.

He has played a national policy role in eight U.S. presidential election campaigns and written speeches for more senior US political leaders, notably 13 major candidates for President, than anyone else in US history, including 3 U.S. Presidents and 3 Vice Presidents, plus 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, Distinguished Alumnus), where he is a Trustee Emeritus, and the London School of Economics (Ph.D. in International Relations, 1969, Fulbright Scholar and Noel Buxton Studentship).[12][13] He has travelled to 95 countries. He is married to Shireen Tahmasseb Hunter, and they reside in Washington, DC and Naples, Florida.


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