Michael Haltzel

Senior Fellow, CTR-SAIS

Michael Haltzel

Senior Fellow, CTR-SAIS


Michael Haltzel is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Dr. Haltzel capped a distinguished career in public service as senior foreign policy advisor (1994-2005) to U.S. Vice President (then-Senator) Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Ranking Member (Chairman 2001-03) of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and as Democratic Staff Director of the Subcommittee on European Affairs of the Committee. He was the lead Democratic Senate staffer on NATO and Balkan policy and, as such, was deeply involved in two rounds of NATO enlargement (1998; 2004) and in the Bosnia and Kosovo campaigns. He held a TS/SCI security clearance. In 2009-10 he returned temporarily to government service as Head of the U.S. Delegations to three OSCE conferences: the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw (September/October 2009), the Copenhagen 20th Anniversary Conference (June 2010), and the Vienna Review Conference (October 2010). In 2015, Dr. Haltzel is Visiting Senior Fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs in Helsinki.

Dr. Haltzel went to the Senate in 1994 from the Library of Congress, where he was Chief of the European Division, supervising a staff of twenty-five librarians and area specialists. From 1985 to 1992, he served as Director of West European Studies of the Woodrow Wilson Center at the Smithsonian Institution. He previously taught Russian and German History at Hamilton College (New York) and was Vice President for Academic Affairs at Longwood College (Virginia) where he was responsible for a multi-million dollar budget and supervised a faculty of 160 and a staff of several hundred. In 1975-78, Dr. Haltzel helped launch the Aspen Institute Berlin as its first Deputy Director. The author of Der Abbau der deutschen ständischen Selbstverwaltung in den Ostseeprovinzen Russlands 1855-1905 (Marburg, 1977), he is also coauthor, editor, or coeditor of nine other books and is a frequent contributor to American and European newspapers, journals, and the electronic media.

In 1990, Dr. Haltzel was a member of the U.S. delegation to the Copenhagen CSCE Conference; in 1991 a Guest Professor at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (Ebenhausen, Germany); in September 1996 an OSCE monitor for the first post-war elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina; and in July 2004 a member of the U.S. delegation to the inauguration of Serbian President Boris Tadić. In May 2000 he spoke on trans-Atlantic security affairs at the Assemblée Nationale in Paris, in November 2005 he addressed the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Copenhagen, in October 2006 he spoke on U.S. foreign policy at the Deutscher Bundestag, in March 2008 he testified on NATO enlargement before the U.S. Congress, in May 2009 he spoke to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna, and in July 2011 he testified before Congress on U.S. policy toward the OSCE.

A member of the Boards of Advisors of the European Institute and Our Military Kids, Dr. Haltzel is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the Council’s Board Committee on Washington Programs. In 1992-93 he chaired the Council’s study group on nationalities and ethnic conflict in Europe. Dr. Haltzel is also a member of the Cosmos Club.

Dr. Haltzel has been decorated by seven countries of the European Union: the Grand Cross of Commander of the Order of Grand Duke Gediminas by Lithuania, the Star of Romania by Romania, the Knighthood of the Royal Order of the Polar Star by Sweden, the Officer’s Cross Order of Merit by Hungary, the Grand Decoration of Honor in Silver by Austria, the Order of the Three Stars by Latvia, and the Knighthood of the Order of the Lion of Finland by Finland. His biographic listings have included Who’s Who in America.

He received a B.A. magna cum laude with honors in history from Yale, an M.A. in Soviet Studies and a Ph.D. in history, both from Harvard, and also studied in Berlin, Marburg, and Helsinki. He speaks German and Russian.

Dr. Haltzel is married to the former Helen Scull Hitchman. They have two children and three grandchildren.

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Books authored

Der Abbau der deutschen ständischen Selbstverwaltung in den Ostseeprovinzen Russlands, 1855-1905 (Marburg/Lahn: Marburger Ostforschungen, Band 37; 1977). Reviewed in the American Historical Review, Vol. 84, No. 3 (June 1979), pp. 809-810.

Russification in the Baltic Provinces and Finland, 1855-1914,

co-author (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1981).

Books edited

Library of Congress European Collections: an Illustrated Guide, editor (Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1994).

The Global Ramifications of the French Revolution, co-editor (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994). Available as an eBook: http://www.ebooks-share.net/michael-haltzel/

Northern Ireland and the Politics of Reconciliation, co-editor (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993).

Liberty/Liberté: The American and French Experiences, co-editor

(Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991).

Portugal: Ancient Country, Young Democracy, co-editor (Washington, D.C.: Wilson Center Press, 1990).

Between the Blocs: Problems and Prospects for Europe’s Neutral and Nonaligned States, co-editor (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1989).

Spain in the 1980s: The Democratic Transition and a New International Role, co-editor (Cambridge, Mass.: Ballinger, 1987).

Finnish-American Academic and Professional Exchanges: Analyses and Reminiscences, co-editor (Espoo: Weilin + Göös, 1983).

Articles, Chapters, Reports, Speeches, Interviews

“Russia’s Self-Isolation,” Huffington Post World, January 26, 2015: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-haltzel/russias-selfisolation_b_6535930.html

“The Greatest Challenge to U.S.-European Security Cooperation Today: The Ukraine Crisis,” with Ian Bond, Denis Corboy, William Courtney, and Kenneth Yalowitz, The National Interest, December 8, 2014: http://nationalinterest.org/feature/the-greatest-challenge-us-european-security-cooperation-11803

Live interview with ORF Austrian Television, November 5, 2014:


“The Chance for a Multi-Ethnic Bosnia,” Huffington Post World, October 30, 2014:


In Bosnian translation, “Šansa za multietničku Bosnu,” Oslobodjenje, (November 1, 2014).

“Extending NATO’s Umbrella,” Washington Post, June 29, 2014:


“Russia, Ukraine, and Changing Security Challenges for the West.” Speech delivered at the Ulkopoliittinen Instituutti (The Finnish Institute of International Affairs), Helsinki, April 29, 2014: http://transatlantic.sais-jhu.edu/Helsinki%20speech%20FINAL%2029april2014.pdf

Audio: http://www.fiia.fi/en/event/658/russia_ukraine_and_changing_security_challenges_for_the_west/

“Trugschlüsse zur russischen Ukraine-Politik,” Der Standard (Vienna), March 6, 2014:


“Resetting the Reset”, Huffington Post World, March 3, 2014:


“The Ukrainian Debacle,” Huffington Post World, November 27, 2013: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-haltzel/the-ukrainian-debacle_b_4351363.html

“Preparing for a Less Stable Russia,” with William Courtney, Huffington Post World, August 6, 2013:


“Dealing With Russia,” with Denis Corboy and William Courtney,International New York Times, June 20, 2013:


Television Commentary (video) on President Obama’s speech at the Brandenburg Gate, Bloomberg TV, June 19, 2013:


Commentary on speeches by U.S. Presidents at the Brandenburg Gate, Euronews TV, June 19, 2013:


“The EU’s Performance in Multilateral Crisis Management,” Speech given at the Austrian National Defence Academy, March 21, 2013:


“The United States and the Balkans: Waning Interest or a Key Player?” Atlantic Council of the United States, January 2013:


“Is the United States in Decline? Putting the 21st Century into Perspective” – Speech to the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy, October 16, 2012: http://transatlantic.sais-jhu.edu/publications/articles/Salt%20Lake%20City%20SPEECH%20TEXT%2016oct2012.pdf

“Is the U.S. in Decline?” – Interview with Salt Lake City radio station KCPW, October 16, 2012 – http://kcpw.org/blog/cityviews/2012-10-15/cityviews-101612-is-the-u-s-in-declinetutored-by-the-land/

“The Euro Crisis and the United States” – Interview with Euronews TV, October 5, 2012:

“The shaky state of Bosnia,” Washington Post, August 31, 2012: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/democracy-in-bosnia-threatens-to-unravel/2012/08/30/204a1b36-f14c-11e1-892d-bc92fee603a7_story.html

“U.S. Policy and the OSCE: Making Good on Commitments.” Testimony at Hearing of the U.S. Congressional Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission), July 28, 2011: http://csce.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContentRecords.ViewWitness&ContentRecord_id=1359&ContentType=D&ContentRecordType=D&ParentType=H&CFID=62015611&CFTOKEN=35510503

“U.S. Congressional Engagement with Central and Eastern Europe since 1991: the Balkan Wars and NATO Enlargement.” Adaptation of speech to the Central and East European Coalition Congressional Policy Forum, July 26, 2011:http://www.americanhungarianfederation.org/news_CEEC_USEngagement_2011_Haltzel.html

“The Balkan Summer of 2011,” Center for Transatlantic Relations, Washington, D.C., June 29, 2011: http://transatlantic.sais-jhu.edu/bin/i/r/mh_Balkan_Summer_of_2011.pdf. In Bosnian translation, “Balkansko ljeto 2011,” BH Dani, (July 8, 2011), pp. 21-23: http://www.bhdani.com/default.asp?kat=txt&broj_id=734&tekst_rb=6

“Punching above our weight to lead top regional security organization,” with Denis Corboy and William Courtney, Irish Times, June 10, 2011: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2011/0610/1224298690283.html

“Two Decades of a United Germany: A Balance Sheet and Implications for German-American Relations,” AICGH Advisor, October 1, 2010: http://www.aicgs.org/analysis/c/20yearsunity/haltzel.aspx

“Global Security and Transatlantic Relations: Speech at the Croatia Summit 2010,” Dubrovnik, July 10, 2010:


“Challenges to Democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” Democracy Roundtable: Blogs at america.gov, November 6, 2009:


“Razmyshleniia o novoi arkhitekture evropeiskoi bezopasnosti,” Mir peremen (The World of Transformations)(Moscow), No. 3/2009, pp. 142-146: http://transatlantic.sais-jhu.edu/bin/s/y/3.2009MH_Mir_Peremen.pdf.

“A European Security Dialogue: Speech to the OSCE Permanent Council,” Vienna, May 8, 2009.


“O Irã está assustado com Barack Obama,” O Globo (Rio de Janeiro), November 21, 2008, p. 30.

“The Possible International Security Agenda of the New U.S. Administration,” in Peter Fischer-Bollin, ed., V Conference of Forte de Copacabana International Security, pp. 120-129 (Rio de Janeiro: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, 2009): http://transatlantic.sais-jhu.edu/transatlantic_topics/politics/mh_Rio_de_Janeiro_speech_nov08.pdf.

“Rescue Mission in Kosovo,” Akron Beacon Journal, October 17, 2008, Editorial, Commentary page:


Testimony on NATO enlargement to the U.S. Congressional Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission), March 4, 2008: http://csce.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContentRecords.ViewWitness&ParentType=H&ContentRecord_id=944&ContentType=D&CFID=30146027&CFTOKEN=11820855

“The Mid-Term Congressional Elections and U.S. Foreign Policy,” Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Occasional Paper, November 2006:


“Damasco e Teheran nella ‘fase 2’ di Bush,” Europa (Rome), November 14, 2006, p. 3. ­

“Schein und Heiligkeit,” Die Presse (Vienna), January 3, 2004, Spectrum weekend section, p. 4. English translation in the AICGS OBSERVER, January 23, 2004: www.aicgs.org/c/haltzelc.shtml.

Introduction to Library of Congress European Collections: an Illustrated Guide, (Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1994), pp. 5-13.

“The First Years of the Aspen Institute Berlin,” in Dana H. Allin, ed., Twenty Years . Aspen Institute Berlin (Berlin: Hellmich, 1994), pp. 39-45.

“U.S. Views of EC-China Relations” (in Chinese translation), Europe (Beijing: Chinese Academy of Social Sciences), Vol. 11, No. 3, June 1993, pp. 15-23.

“Why Kohl Has Been Soft on Right-Wing Groups,” Los Angeles Times, December 6, 1992, Editorials/Analysis/Comment Section, pp. 1, 6:


“Germany, the United States, and the Gulf War: Danger Signals for the Future,” in Dieter Gutzen, Winfried Herget, and Hans- Adolf Jacobsen, eds., Transatlantische Partnerschaft. Kulturelle Aspekte der deutsch-amerikanischen Beziehungen (Bonn and Berlin: Bouvier Verlag, 1992), pp. 131-143.

“Rifts in Germany Scar National Psyche,” Los Angeles Times, November 15, 1992, Editorials/Analysis/Comment Section, pp. 2, 6:


“The New German Question: Will Unity Fracture the Promise of a Great Power?” Los Angeles Times, May 17, 1992, Editorials/ Analysis/Comment Section, pp. 1, 6.

“Der Stand des KSZE-Prozesses nach dem III. Folgetreffen in Wien vom Januar 1989,” in Die KSZE und die Sicherheit Europas, Stefani Weiss, ed. (Bonn: Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Internationale Politik und Sicherheit e.V., 1991), pp. 25-32.

“Shaken Chancellor: His Political Popularity Falls Off the Wall,” Los Angeles Times, April 28, 1991, Editorials/Analysis/ Comment Section, pp. 2, 6:


“A New Role for CSCE,” The Dallas Morning News, November 27, 1990, Viewpoints Section, p. 15A.

“Die Vereinigten Staaten, Europa und die Golf-Krise,” Europa Archiv, Folge 18/1990, pp. 533-542.

“Two Europeans Who Are Wary of One Germany in the Heart of Europe,” Los Angeles Times, April 29, 1990, Editorials/Analysis/Comment Section, pp. 2, 4:


“Amerikanische Einstellungen zur deutschen Wiedervereinigung,” Europa Archiv, Folge 4/1990, pp. 127-132. Reprinted in Das Ende der Teilung, Jochen Thies and Wolfgang Wagner, eds. (Bonn: Verlag für Internationale Politik GmbH, 1990), pp. 99-104.

“The Complex Position of the European Neutrals,” in Between the Blocs: Problems and Prospects for Europe’s Neutral and Nonaligned States, Joseph Kruzel and Michael H. Haltzel, eds. (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1989), pp. xv-xx.

“After the Wall: New Concerns in the East and West,” Los Angeles Times, November 19, 1989, Editorials/Analysis/Comment Section, p. 2:


“The German Question,” Los Angeles Times, September 17, 1989, Editorials/Analysis/Comment Section, p. 1:


“For the Sake of Argument: People Polemics in Pushkin Square,” Los Angeles Times, September 25, 1988, Editorials/Analysis/Comment Section, pp. 1, 3: http://articles.latimes.com/1988-09-25/opinion/op-3658_1_pushkin-square. Reprinted as “Conversation, and an Education, in Pushkin Square,” International Herald Tribune, September 27, 1988, editorial/opinion page.

“Berlin. A Short History,” Special Supplement of Euromoney for IMF-World Bank annual meeting, September 1988, pp. 1-4.

“An Allied Quid Pro Quo,” New York Times, February 10, 1987,

op-ed page: http://www.nytimes.com/1987/02/10/opinion/an-allied-quid-pro-quo.html

“The Two Germanys and Bonn-Washington Relations,” The Atlantic Community Quarterly, Winter 1986-87, Vol. 24, No. 4, pp. 338-344.

“Germany Has Its Own Priorities,” Los Angeles Times,

August 31, 1986, Editorials/Analysis/Comment Section, pp. 1-3:


“Berlin Conference on US-FRG Relations,” German Studies Newsletter, Center for European Studies, Harvard University, June 1985, pp. 33-36.

“The Soviet Union Sixty Years after the October Revolution,” (Berlin: Aspen Institute, 1978).

“Options for Belgrade,” (Berlin: Aspen Institute,1977).

“Helsinki, Belgrade and Détente,” (Berlin: Aspen Institute, 1976).

“National Elites and Russification in the Baltic Provinces of the Russian Empire, 1861-1914: the Case of the Baltic Germans,” in Russian and Slavic History, Don K. Rowney and G. Edward Orchard, eds. (Columbus, Ohio: Slavica, 1977), pp. 148-163.

“New Directions for Research in Baltic History,” co-author, in Papers Presented at the Third Conference on Baltic Studies (Stockholm: Baltiska Institutet, 1977), pp. 220-229.

“The Russification of the Baltic Germans: a Dysfunctional Aspect of Imperial Modernization,” in Baltic History, Arvids Ziedonis,

Jr., William L. Winter, and Mardi Valgemäe, eds. (Columbus, Ohio: AABS, 1974), pp. 143-152.

“Radical Experiment in Berlin,” CHANGE, The Magazine of Higher Learning, November 1972, pp. 24-27:


Finnish translation in Helsingin Sanomat, December 28, 1972, editorial page.

“Die Mär von den vier behaglichen Jahren,” Konturen, July 1964, pp. 14-15.

Review article on S.G. Isakov, Ostzeiskii vopros v russkoi pechati 1860-kh godov, Kritika, vol. VI, no. 3, Spring 1970, pp. 138-144.

Review article on Istoriia Estonskoi SSR, Kritika, vol. V, no. 1, Fall 1968, pp. 39-47.

Reviews in the American Historical Review and Slavic Review

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