Daniel S. Hamilton is the Richard von Weizsäcker Professor and Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, named by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the “Top 30 Global Go-To Think Tanks” in 2009. He also serves as Executive Director of the American Consortium for EU Studies, designated by the European Commission as the EU Center of Excellence Washington, DC. He is the host of The Washington Post/Newsweek International’s online discussion feature Next Europe (www.washingtonpost.com/nexteurope) and is a consultant to Microsoft Corporation.
Dr. Hamilton leads international policy work for the Johns Hopkins-led Center for Center for the Study of High Consequence Event Preparedness and Response (PACER), named as one of 5 U.S. National Centers of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
He has held a variety of senior positions in the U.S. Department of State, including Deputy Assistant Secretary for European Affairs, responsible for NATO, OSCE and transatlantic security issues; U.S. Special Coordinator for Southeast European Stabilization; Associate Director of the Policy Planning Staff; Director for Policy in the Bureau of European Affairs; and Senior Policy Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador and U.S. Embassy in Germany. In 2008 he served as the first Robert Bosch Foundation Senior Diplomatic Fellow in the German Foreign Office.
Dr. Hamilton chairs the selection committee for the Robert Bosch Stiftung Fellows program bringing young American professionals to Germany. He is a Member of the Academic Board of the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) in Berlin; Member of the Board of the Körber Foundation’s USABLE awards program; Member of the Board of Advisors to the European-American Business Council and the Center for European Policy Analysis; Editorial Board Member for the Council on European Studies; the journal Biosecurity and Bioterrorism; and the Danish Foreign Policy Yearbook.
Dr. Hamilton has also taught graduate courses in U.S. foreign policy and U.S.-European relations at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, the University of Innsbruck and the Free University of Berlin. From 1990-1993 he was Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and from 1982-1990 Deputy Director of the Aspen Institute Berlin. In the summer months he serves as Dean of Waldsee German Language Village, the oldest and largest immersion program in North America for young people, sponsored by Concordia College in Minnesota.
Academic background: Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (1990-1993); Deputy Director of the Aspen Institute Berlin1(1982-1990). Ph.D. and M.A. with distinction from Johns Hopkins SAIS; B.S.F.S Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Recent publications: Alliance Reborn: An Atlantic Compact for the 21st Century (2009) by the Washington NATO Project. Other recent publications include The Transatlantic Economy (annual editions, 2004-2009); Germany and Globalization (2009); France and Globalization (2008); Europe and Globalization (2008); The Wider Black Sea Region: Strategic, Economic and Energy Perspectives (2008); The New Eastern Europe: Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova (2007); Terrorism and International Relations (2006); and Transatlantic Homeland Security (2005).
He has been presented with Germany’s Federal Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz); France’s Palmes Academiques; Sweden’s Royal Order of the Polar Star; the Transatlantic Business Award 2006 from the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union, and the Transatlantic Leadership Award 2007 from the European-American Business Council. He holds the State Department’s Superior Honor Award. He has a Ph.D. and M.A. with distinction from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and an honorary doctorate from Concordia College. He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.