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Daniel S. Hamilton

Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Professor and formerly Executive Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations


Dr Hamilton also directs the Global Europe Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Past positions include Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Professor and Founding Director of the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations; Richard von Weizsäcker Professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS, fellow of the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin, senior diplomatic fellow in the German Foreign Office, executive director, American Consortium on European Union Studies, US deputy assistant secretary of State for European Affairs, US special coordinator for Southeast European stabilization and associate director of the Policy Planning Staff for two secretaries of State, senior associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and deputy director of the Aspen Institute Berlin; consultant to Microsoft, RAND, National Geographic Society, Business Roundtable and Transatlantic Business Dialogue.

Dr. Hamilton is a member and former chair of the selection committee for the Robert Bosch Foundation fellows program bringing young American professionals to Germany. He has been a member of the academic and advisory boards for a variety of US and European foundations, research institutes and business associations. He testifies regularly before the US Congress and European parliaments, and is a regular commentator for US and international media.

Dr. Hamilton has also taught graduate courses in US foreign policy and US-European relations at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, the University of Innsbruck and the Free University of Berlin.

He has been presented with Germany’s Cross of the Federal Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz); France’s Knighthood of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques; and Sweden’s Knighthood of the Royal Order of the Polar Star. He holds the State Department’s Superior Honor Award.

PhD, American foreign policy, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Hamilton, D. S., & Tiilikainen, T. (2018). Domestic determinants of foreign policy in the European Union and the United States. Washington: Center for Transatlantic Relations.

Hamilton, D. S., & Tiilikainen, T. (2017). The Transatlantic Digital Economy. Washington: Center for Transatlantic Relations.

Hamilton, D. S., & Meister, S. (2017). The Russia file: Russia and the West in an unordered world. Washington, D.C.: Center for Transatlantic Relations.

Hamilton, D. S. (2016). Forward resilience: Protecting society in an interconnected world. Washington, DC: Center for Transatlantic Relations.

Hamilton, D. S., & Meister, S. (2016). Eastern question: Russia, the west and europes grey zone. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press.

Hamilton, D. S., & Pelkmans, J. (2015). Rule-makers or rule-takers?: Exploring the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Centre for European Policy Studies.
*Named the top Go-to Think Tank Policy Book of the year in 2015 by the University of Pennsylvania annual rankings.

Brattberg, E., & Hamilton, D. S. (2014). Global flow security: A new security agenda for the transatlantic community in 2030. Washington, DC: Center for Transatlantic Relations.

Hamilton, D. S. (2014). The Geopolitics of Ttip repositioning the transatlantic relationship for a changing world. Washington, D.C: Center for Transatlantic Relations.

Hamilton, D. S., Simonyi, A., & Cagan, D. L. (2014). Advancing U.S.-Nordic-Baltic security cooperation: Adapting partnership to a new security environment. Washington, DC: Center for Transatlantic Relations.

Hamilton, D., & Quinlan, J. P. (2004). The transatlantic economy: Annual survey of jobs, trade and investment between the United States and Europe. Washington, DC: Center for Transatlantic Relations.



  • American Foreign Policy
  • European and Eurasian Studies
  • International Political Economy
  • International Relations


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In the News

THIS IS AMERICA & THE WORLD with Dennis Wholey

This week on This Is America & The World, Dennis Wholey discusses the fragile order of the world with Daniel S. Hamilton, PhD.

NATO struggles to calibrate its strategic compass.

Daniel Hamilton quoted in Asia Times, 12/06

NATO’s new focus reflects China rise.

Daniel Hamilton quoted on Voice of America, 10/22

A new guide to the heating arctic.

Book edited by Daniel Hamilton and Kristina Spohr reviewed in Lawfare, 05/20

Wilson Center’s Dan Hamilton awarded Poland’s Order of Merit.

Daniel Hamilton cited by Wilson Center, 05/07

Residents in closest allies have doubts about U.S. democracy.

Daniel Hamilton quoted in U.S. News and World Report, 04/19

Transatlantic economy 2021.

Daniel Hamilton wrote for Wilson Center, 03/25

Improving U.S.-EU Relations through enhanced resilience.

Daniel Hamilton wrote for The Wilson Center, 02/12