Michael Haltzel is Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University SAIS. From 2006 to 2018 he was Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS. Dr. Haltzel served as Democratic Staff Director of the Subcommittee on European Affairs, Senate Foreign Relations Committee and senior advisor to former U.S. Vice President (then-Senator) Joseph R. Biden, Jr. from 1994 to 2005. As the lead Democratic staffer on NATO and Balkan policy he was deeply involved in NATO enlargement and in the Bosnia and Kosovo campaigns. In 2009-10 Dr. Haltzel headed U.S. Government delegations to multi-week OSCE review conferences in Warsaw, Copenhagen, and Vienna.
His other previous positions include Chief of the European Division of the Library of Congress, Director of West European Studies of the Woodrow Wilson Center, Vice President for Academic Affairs of Longwood University (Virginia), and Deputy Director of the Aspen Institute Berlin. In 2015-16 Dr. Haltzel was Visiting Senior Fellow, Finnish Institute of International Affairs in Helsinki.
The author of Der Abbau der deutschen ständischen Selbstverwaltung in den Ostseeprovinzen Russlands 1855-1905 (Marburg, 1977), Dr. Haltzel is coauthor, editor, or coeditor of nine other books. His op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. He is a frequent commentator on U.S. and European television and for several years was a blogger for the Huffington Post.
He received a B.A. magna cum laude from Yale, and an M.A. and Ph.D., both from Harvard. Dr. Haltzel is the recipient of state decorations from seven countries of the European Union: Austria, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, and Sweden.