Rose Gottemoeller

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Rose Gottemoeller
Official portrait, 2009
Deputy Secretary General of NATO
In office
October 17, 2016 – July 17, 2019
Preceded byAlexander Vershbow
Succeeded byMircea Geoană
Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs
In office
February 7, 2012 – October 6, 2016
Acting: February 7, 2012 – March 7, 2014
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byEllen Tauscher
Succeeded byAndrea L Thompson
Assistant Secretary of State for Verification, Compliance, and Implementation
In office
April 6, 2009 – March 6, 2014
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byPaula DeSutter
Succeeded byFrank Rose
Personal details
Born (1953-03-24) March 24, 1953 (age 70)
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
EducationGeorgetown University (BA)
George Washington University (MA)

Rose Eilene Gottemoeller (born March 24, 1953) is an American diplomat who served as Deputy Secretary General of NATO from October 2016 to October 2019 under Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Before then she was the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security at the U.S. State Department.

Early life and education[edit]

Originally from Ohio, Gottemoeller received a B.S. from Georgetown University, and an M.A. from George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. She is fluent in Russian.[1]


In the early years of her career, Gottemoeller was a social scientist at RAND and a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow. She has taught Soviet military policy and Russian security at Georgetown University.

Clinton NSA (1993-1994)[edit]

From 1993 to 1994, she served on the National Security Council in the White House as director for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia Affairs, with responsibility for denuclearization in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Belarus.

in London (1994-1997)[edit]

From 1994 to 1997, Gottemoeller served as Deputy Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.

At the DOE (1997-2000)[edit]

Gottemoeller first joined the Department of Energy in November 1997 as director of the Office of Nonproliferation and National Security. She rose to become the Deputy Under Secretary of Energy for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation at the U.S. Department of Energy. She previously held the post of Assistant Secretary for Nonproliferation and National Security, also at the Department of Energy (DOE). At DOE, Gottemoeller was responsible for all nonproliferation cooperation with Russia and the Newly Independent States.[1]

Carnegie Endowment (2000-2008)[edit]

From 2000 she worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.[2]

Before returning to government, she was a senior associate in the Carnegie Russia & Eurasia Program in Washington, D.C., where she worked on U.S.–Russian relations and nuclear security and stability. While with Carnegie, Gottemoeller led consultative Track II meetings with Russian nuclear experts. She also served as the director of the Carnegie Moscow Center from January 2006 to December 2008.[1]

At the State Department (2009-2016)[edit]

Gottemoeller at the Celebrating 25 Years of MSIAC event (15 December 2016)

Gottemoeller was confirmed as Under Secretary of State by the U.S. Senate on March 6, 2014. Prior to her confirmation, she had served as the Acting Under Secretary of State in the same capacity since February 7, 2012,[3] in addition to her role as the United States Department of State's Assistant Secretary for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance, which she held since April 6, 2009.[4] She was the chief negotiator of the follow on for the Strategic Arms Reductions Treaty otherwise known as the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the Russian Federation (in Russia, the treaty is known as START III).[5][6][2] Her experience is described in a book, Negotiating the New START Treaty, published by Cambria Press in May 2021.

On August 6, 2015, Gottemoeller was the first senior U.S. official to attend the memorial of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan by the United States in World War II. It commemorated the 70th anniversary of the bombing and Gottemoeller was accompanied by U.S. ambassador Caroline Kennedy;[7] Kennedy was the second U.S. ambassador to attend the annual memorial. Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe and representatives of 100 countries were in attendance. Abe reiterated Japan's policy which is in favor of the abolition of nuclear weapons. Japan had hoped for U.S. president Barack Obama to attend the memorial; the country has a standing call for the U.S. to apologize for the bombings.[8]

Gottemoeller greets U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan in Munich in 2018

Deputy Secretary-General of NATO (2016-2019)[edit]

Gottemoeller became the first female Deputy Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on October 17, 2016.[9]

Post-government career[edit]

After leaving NATO, Gottemoeller joined Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and its Center for International Security and Cooperation as a distinguished lecturer.[10]



  1. ^ a b c "Biography: Rose Gottemoeller". US Department of State. Archived from the original on 2009-04-17. Retrieved 2011-01-29.
  2. ^ a b "Rose Gottemoeller Nominated as Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 18 March 2009. Retrieved 2011-01-29.
  3. ^ "Gottemoeller, Rose Eilene". Archived from the original on 2009-04-17. Retrieved 2015-03-13.
  4. ^ Bowron, Gottemoeller, and Michaels nominations: hearing before the Committee ... - United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources - Google Books. U.S. Government Printing Office. 1999. ISBN 9780160579745. Retrieved 2015-03-13 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ "Rose Gottemoeller Confirmed as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Verification and Compliance". Retrieved 2015-03-13.
  6. ^ "President Obama Announces Key State Department Appointment". The White House Office of the Press Secretary. 17 March 2009. Retrieved 2011-01-29.
  7. ^ Hungo, Jun, "Japan Remembers Hiroshima Bombing With Call to Abolish Nuclear Arms", Wall Street Journal, August 5, 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-06.
  8. ^ Soble, Jonathan, "Hiroshima Commemorates 70th Anniversary of Atomic Bombing", The New York Times, August 6, 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-06.
  9. ^ "NATO Secretary General appoints Rose Gottemoeller as next Deputy Secretary General". 2016-06-27. Retrieved 2016-11-11.
  10. ^ "Former NATO Deputy Secretary General Named Payne Distinguished Lecturer". Stanford University. 2019-10-16. Retrieved 2021-05-17.
  11. ^ "NATO Deputy Sec-Gen awarded order of the Golden Fleece by Georgian President". 4 October 2019. Retrieved 4 October 2019.

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Acting: 2012–2014
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