Daniel Hamilton

Executive director, Center for Transatlantic Relations SAIS

Daniel Hamilton

Executive director, Center for Transatlantic Relations SAIS


Dr. Daniel S. Hamilton is the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, named in annual surveys conducted by the University of Pennsylvania as the number one university think tank in Washington, DC and a leading “Global Go-To University Think Tank.” From 2001-2015 he also served as Executive Director of the American Consortium for EU Studies, designated by the European Commission as the EU Center of Excellence Washington, DC.

Dr. Hamilton is the Director of the Atlantic Basin Initiative, a network of African, European, South, Central and North American Eminent Persons, research institutes and private sector leaders that explores the changing dynamics among the four continents of the Atlantic Basin with regard to energy, economic growth and human development, values and security.

Dr. Hamilton 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, Nordic-Baltic and Balkan Affairs; U.S. Special Coordinator for Southeast European Stabilization; Associate Director of the Policy Planning Staff for two U.S. Secretaries of State; 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. In 2012 he was a member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ‘Futures Advisory Group’.

Dr. Hamilton is a member and past chair of the selection committee for the Robert Bosch Stiftung Fellows program bringing young American professionals to Germany. He is an Editorial Board Member of the journal Biosecurity and Bioterrorism and the Danish Foreign Policy Yearbook, and Board Member of the Prague Center for Transatlantic Relations and the Center for European and North Atlantic Affairs in Bratislava. He has been a consultant to the U.S. Business Roundtable, the Transatlantic Business Dialogue, Member of the Board of Advisors to the European-American Business Council and Academic Advisory Boards of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP); Center for European Policy Analysis; the Polish Institute of International Affairs; and the Böll, Körber, and von Humboldt Foundations. He has served as host of The Washington Post/Newsweek International’s online discussion feature Next Europe, and as host of The Atlantic magazine’s partnership with SAIS.

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 German immersion program in North America for young people, sponsored by Concordia College in Minnesota.

He served as the Coordinator of the “Enabling Technologies Coalition,” an international grouping of scholars, businesses, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders, initiated by Microsoft, promoting research on the potential for enabling technologies to facilitate economic growth in the areas of health; low-carbon economy and education.

He also led the international policy work for the Johns Hopkins-led National Center for the Study of Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response (PACER), named as one of 5 U.S. National Centers of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Recent publications include Rule-Makers or Rule-Takers Exploring the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (2015); The Transatlantic Economy (annual editions 2004-2015); The Geopolitics of TTIP (2014); Advancing U.S.-Nordic-Baltic Security Cooperation (2014); Atlantic Rising: The Changing Commercial Dynamics of the Atlantic Basin (2014); Dark Networks: Evolving Security Challenges in the Atlantic Basin (2014); Open Ukraine: Changing Course Towards a European Future (2012); Unfinished Business: The Western Balkans and the International Community (2012); Europe’s Economic Crisis (2012); Transatlantic 2020: A Tale of Four Futures (2012); Europe 2020: Competitive or Complacent? (2011); Preventing Conflict, Managing Crisis: European and American Perspectives (2011); Shoulder to Shoulder: Forging a Strategic U.S.- EU Partnership (2010); Alliance Reborn: An Atlantic Compact for the 21st Century (2009) by the Washington NATO Project; Humanitarian Assistance: Improving U.S.-European Cooperation (2009); France, America and the World: A New Era in Franco-American Relations? (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); Transatlantic Homeland Security (2005).

He has been presented with Germany’s Federal Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz); France’s Palmes Academiques; Sweden’s Knighthood of the 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’s School of Foreign Service.

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