A. Wess Mitchell

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A. Wess Mitchell
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Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs
In office
October 12, 2017 – February 15, 2019
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byVictoria Nuland
Personal details
Aaron Wess Mitchell

Texas, U.S.
EducationTexas Tech University (BA)
Georgetown University (MA)
Free University of Berlin (PhD)

Aaron Wess Mitchell is an American policy analyst and government official who is the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. Prior to assuming his current position, he was president and CEO of the Center for European Policy Analysis. On July 19, 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Mitchell as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.[1]

He was confirmed by the United States Senate in September 2017. On January 22, 2019, it was announced Mitchell will resign from his post in February.[2]

Early life[edit]

Aaron Wess Mitchell is a sixth generation Texan. He received his B.A. in history and political science from Texas Tech University. He received his M.A. in German and European studies from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. While studying there, he was awarded the 2004 Hopper Award. He received his Ph.D. from the Free University of Berlin.[3][4]

Political career[edit]

Before founding the Center for European Policy Analysis in 2004, he was a research associate at the National Center for Policy Analysis. CEPA is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy research institute that studies Central and Eastern Europe.

In 2012, he was an adviser to the national security transition team for the Mitt Romney presidential campaign.[3]

Mitchell has co-authored two books, The Unquiet Frontier: Vulnerable Allies, Rising Rivals and the Crisis of American Power with Jakub J. Grygiel and The Godfather Doctrine: A Foreign Policy Parable with John Hulsman. He serves on the advisory councils of the Richard G. Lugar Institute for Diplomacy and Congress, the Slovak Atlantic Commission, the Prague Center for Transatlantic Relations, the Atlantic Initiative, and the Alexander Hamilton Society.[3]

In a January 4, 2019 letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo he stated personal and professional reasons for his decision to resign from his post. In an interview, he said he had not taken this decision in a protest at the Trump administration's policies. His resignation, which became publicly known on January 22, will occur in February 2019.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Virginia with his wife and two children. He speaks German.


  1. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts". The White House. July 19, 2017. Archived from the original on 2017-10-10. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b Morello, Carol (January 22, 2019). "Top diplomat for European affairs resigns from State Department". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Bewig, Matt; Wallechinsky, David (August 15, 2017). "Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs: Who Is A. Wess Mitchell?". AllGov. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  4. ^ "A. Wess Mitchell". CEPA. Retrieved 2017-09-28.

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