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Dr. Daniel Hamilton is the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Professor and Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, named consistently in annual surveys conducted by the University of Pennsylvania as the #1 university-affiliated think tank in Washington, DC and among the top 10 in the world in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010. 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.
Dr. Hamilton is the Coordinator of the “Enabling Technologies Coalition,” an international grouping of scholars, businesses, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders, initiated by Microsoft, that promotes research on the potential for enabling technologies to facilitate economic growth in the areas of health; low-carbon economy; education; and governance. This research is generating new knowledge for scholars and applied sectoral models of direct relevance for business, government policymakers and other opinion leaders.
Dr. Hamilton leads 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.
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, the Center for European Policy Analysis and the Prague Center for Transatlantic Relations; and Editorial Board Member for the Council on European Studies; the journal Biosecurity and Bioterrorism; and the Danish Foreign Policy Yearbook. He served as host of The Washington Post/Newsweek International’s online discussion feature Next Europe.
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.
Recent publications include Europe 2020: Competitive or Complacent? (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; The Transatlantic Economy (annual editions, 2004-2014); 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.