Since its founding in 1961-1962, the Atlantic Council has been a preeminent, non partisan institution devoted to promoting transatlantic cooperation and international security. In its early years, distinguished American foreign policy leaders – Dean Acheson, Dean Rusk, Christian Herter, Lucius Clay, and others – developed an ambitious agenda to engage Americans with their European partners on matters of global concern. Now in its 50th year, the Atlantic Council is harnessing that history of transatlantic leadership and applying its founders’ vision to a broad spectrum of modern global challenges from violent extremism to financial instability and from NATO’s future to energy security. As we face an inflection point in history, the Atlantic Council provides an essential forum for navigating dramatic shifts in economic and political influence. The Council is home to ten programs and centers, broken down both functionally and regionally, which seamlessly work together to tackle today’s unique set of challenges.
Dr. Alexander Mirtchev is Board Director and Member of the Executive Committee of the Atlantic Council of the United States. He is also a member of the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Advisors Group, a standing body of roughly forty senior experts on NATO and transatlantic security issues from across North America and Europe that provides timely, relevant insights and analysis to policymakers and the public on strategic issues in the transatlantic security relationship.