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Ivo Daalder

CEO of Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Ivo Daalder is the Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and host of World Review with Ivo Daalder. He first joined the Council as president in 2013 after serving as US ambassador to NATO under President Barack Obama. After 10 years as president of the Council, Amb Daalder took on the new role of CEO in 2023. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador, Amb Daalder was a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution, specialising in American foreign policy, European security and transatlantic relations, and national security affairs. Before joining Brookings in 1998, he was an associate professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and director of research at its Center for International and Security Studies. He also served as director for European affairs on President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council staff (1995-9). Amb Daalder is the author and editor of 10 books, including The Empty Throne: America's Abdication of Global Leadership (with James M Lindsay). Other books include In the Shadow of the Oval Office: Profiles of the National Security Advisers and the Presidents they Served — From JFK to George W. Bush (with IM Destler) and the award-winning America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy (with James M. Lindsay). Amb Daalder was educated at the universities of Kent, Oxford, and Georgetown, and received his PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.    
Updated: May 9, 2024