Kurt Volker

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Kurt Volker
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19th United States Permanent Representative to NATO
In office
July 2, 2008 – May 15, 2009
President George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Preceded by Victoria Nuland
Succeeded by Ivo Daalder
Personal details
Born 1962 (age 54–55)
Spouse(s) Karen Volker

Kurt Volker (born 1962)[1] is the former United States Permanent Representative to NATO, having served in that position from July 2, 2008 to May 15, 2009.[2]


Early life[edit]

Kurt Volker was born in 1962. He graduated from Temple University with a B.A. in International Affairs in 1984. He also holds an M.A. in International Relations from The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.


He began his career in foreign affairs as an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency in 1986.[1]

In 1988, he joined the United States Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer in the United States Foreign Service.[1] While in the Foreign Service, he served as a legislative fellow on the staff of Senator John McCain from 1997 to 1998. In 1998, he became first secretary of the US mission to NATO, and in 1999 he became Deputy Director of NATO Secretary-General George Robertson's private office, serving in that position until 2001.[2]

He then became acting director for European and Eurasian Affairs for the National Security Council, in that capacity he was in charge of US preparations for 2004 Istanbul summit of NATO members and the 2002 Prague summit. In July 2005, He became the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, serving in that position until he was appointed United States Permanent Representative to NATO in July 2008 by President George W. Bush.[2]

In 2011, he joined BGR Group, a Washington-based lobbying firm and investment bank, where he currently serves as a managing director in the firm's international group.[3] He then began his work with the McCain Institute.

Personal life[edit]

He has two children - Matthias Volker and Sonja Volker.


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