Daniel S. Hamilton ('79, Ph.D. '85)

Senior Fellow


Dr. Daniel S. Hamilton is a Senior Fellow and Director of the “The United States, Europe, and World Order” Program at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is also Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS. For 15 years 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, D.C.

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. He is a leading member of the Jean Monnet Network on Atlantic Studies and a member of the advisory board of the Atlantic Dialogues, sponsored by the OCP Center in Morocco.

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

In 2008, Hamilton served as the first Robert Bosch Foundation Senior Diplomatic Fellow in the German Foreign Office, where he worked in the Planning Staff for Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. In 2012 he was a member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ‘Futures Advisory Group’. In 2013 he served as a Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin. From 2007 to 2009, Hamilton served at the invitation of the EU Commissioner for Trade to be the sole U.S. member of the Steering Committee of a major study of non-tariff barriers to transatlantic commerce.

Hamilton is a member and former chair of the selection committee for the Robert Bosch Stiftung Fellows program bringing young American professionals to Germany. He has been a Member of the Academic Advisory Boards for the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), the Körber Foundation, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and the Heinrich Böll Foundation, and more. He is a member of the editorial board of the Review of Central and East European Law, Council on European Studies, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism, and Danish Foreign Policy Yearbook. He has served as a consultant to Microsoft, the U.S. Business Roundtable, the Transatlantic Business Dialogue, the National Geographic Society, and RAND. He testifies regularly before the U.S. Congress and European parliaments, and is a regular commentator for European and U.S. media.

Hamilton has been presented with Germany’s Cross of the Federal Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz); France’s Knighthood of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques; 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 is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Council on Germany.

Hamilton has a Ph.D. and M.A. with distinction from Johns Hopkins SAIS and an honorary doctorate from Concordia College. He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He has authored over 100 books and articles on contemporary European, transatlantic and international affairs. 

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