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Daniel S. Hamilton

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


Past positions include 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
  • Arms Control and Disarmament
  • Domestic Influences On Foreign Policy
  • American Economic Policy
  • Globalization
  • Elections and Foreign Policy
  • European Union and Transatlantic Relations
  • International Political Economy
  • International Relations
  • Nation-building and Democratization
  • NATO
  • Nuclear Policy and Proliferation
  • Strategic and Security Issues
  • U.S. Congress and Foreign Policy
  • U.S. Homeland Security
  • U.S. Presidency and Foreign Policy


  • German

In the News

The post-coronavirus revolution.

Daniel Hamilton wrote in San Francisco Chronicle, 6/13

Germans view China and U.S. as equally important allies.

Daniel Hamilton quoted in U.S. News and World Reporter, 5/18

One legacy of coronavirus is a return to activist government

Daniel Hamilton quoted in Bloomberg Businessweek, 4/13

Transatlantic commerce: Ties that bind.

Daniel Hamilton wrote in Berlin Policy Journal, 3/23

What if Trump wins? Europeans fear a more permanent shift against them.

Daniel Hamilton quoted in The New York Times, 2/18

75 years from the Yalta Conference.

Daniel Hamilton quoted in U.S. News and World Report, 2/12

Ukraine’s young corruption fighters struggle against elites — and Donald Trump.

Daniel Hamilton quoted in the Los Angeles Times, 11/14

Thirty years after the Berlin Wall fell, Western order faces new strains.

Daniel Hamilton and Kristina Spohr quoted in Los Angeles Times, 11/6

German president: There can be no democracy without America.

Daniel Hamilton quoted on Voice of America, 11/2

Transatlantic policy impacts of the U.S.-EU trade conflict.

Fellow Daniel Hamilton testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, 6/26

U.S. signs defense cooperation agreement with Hungary.

Daniel Hamilton quoted on Voice of America, 4/8

The transatlantic economy 2019.

Daniel Hamilton wrote for U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 3/20