Since its founding in 1949, the importance of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has waxed and waned as different member states pursued their own foriegn policy and security priorities. In recent years, the future of NATO was very much under threat as former President Trump criticized the organization and, according to former officials, even came close to pulling out of NATO. The ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine perhaps provides a moment of clarity for NATO’s purpose in ensuring security in Europe and elsewhere around the world. In this episode, Dr. Goldgeiger joins us to discuss NATO response to the situation in Ukraine and potential for NATO renewal.
James Goldgeier is a Professor of International Relations and served as Dean of the School of International Service at American University from 2011-17. In spring 2022, he is a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Center on International Security and Cooperation. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, and he serves as the chair of the State Department Historical Advisory Committee. He was a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations from 2017-19, and in 2018-19, he held the inaugural Library of Congress Chair in U.S.-Russia Relations at the John W. Kluge Center. Previously, he was a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University. He also taught at Cornell University, and has held a number of public policy appointments, including Director for Russian, Ukrainian and Eurasian Affairs on the National Security Council Staff, Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, Henry A. Kissinger Chair at the Library of Congress, and Edward Teller National Fellow at the Hoover Institution.