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Michael Haltzel

Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute


Former faculty member at Hamilton College and vice president for Academic Affairs at Longwood University; guest professor at Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik; was staff director of the Subcommittee on European Affairs of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and senior foreign policy adviser to U.S. Vice President (then-Senator) Joseph Biden; was chief of the European Division at the Library of Congress; served as director of West European studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and deputy director of Aspen Institute Berlin; headed the U.S. delegation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's (OSCE) 2009 Human Rights Conference in Warsaw, the 2010 OSCE Copenhagen Conference and the 2010 OSCE Vienna Review Conference; was a member of the U.S. delegation to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe's 1990 Copenhagen conference and a member of the U.S. government delegation to the 2004 inauguration of the president of Serbia; served as OSCE monitor for the first post-war elections in Bosnia; recipient of state decorations from Austria, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Sweden; Author or editor of ten books on European history and international relations; PhD, history, Harvard University.



  • American Foreign Policy
  • Domestic Influences On Foreign Policy
  • European Union and Transatlantic Relations
  • NATO
  • Strategic and Security Issues
  • U.S. Congress and Foreign Policy


  • German
  • Russian

In the News

Remind Putin of Russia’s prior declarations.

Michael Haltzel wrote in Washington Post, 12/12

Are the Democrats downplaying Biden’s record?

Michael Haltzel quoted in Foreign Policy, 8/18

The West’s role in Belarus.

Michael Haltzel wrote in RealClearWorld, 8/17

The U.S. elections and domestic and foreign policies.

Michael Haltzel participated in Transatlantic Leadership Network webinar, 6/9

75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day: A family connection

Michael Haltzel wrote for Transatlantic Leadership Network, 5/11

America’s hinge moment: Sanders or Biden.

Michael Haltzel quoted in Foreign Policy, 3/3

HR Valentin Inzko pointed out on the General Paralysis of Political Processes in BiH.

Daniel Serwer and Michael Haltzel cited in Sarajevo Times, 11/2