In the forth event of the series “Geopolitical Talks” IWM Permanent Fellow Ivan Krastev will talk with A. Wess Mitchell, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs (2017-2019), about current geopolitical challenges and lessons from the past.
A. Wess Mitchell is co-founder and vice chairman of the CEPA Board (Center for European Policy Analysis) and Senior Adviser at United States Institute of Peace. He was the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs from October 2017 until February 2019.
At the U.S. Department of State, Dr. Mitchell served as America’s top diplomat for Europe and Eurasia, with responsibility for relations with 50 countries and the institutions of NATO, the EU, and OSCE. During his time at State, Mitchell played a principal role in forming Europe strategy in support of the National Security Strategy, led the Interagency in shaping instruments to counter Russian and Chinese malign influence abroad, and spearheaded new diplomatic initiatives for Central Europe, the Eastern Mediterranean, and Western Balkans. Mitchell is the author of numerous reports and articles on transatlantic relations as well as three books, including most recently Unquiet Frontier: Vulnerable Allies, Rising Rivals and the Crisis of American Power (Princeton University Press, 2016), which he co-authored with CEPA Senior Fellow Dr. Jakub J. Grygiel, and The Grand Strategy of the Habsburg Empire (Princeton University Press, 2018). Mitchell holds a doctorate from Freie Universität in Berlin and is a senior advisor to the Secretary of State.