Many events, ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic, elections, civic unrest, and economic woes, are gripping the world today. It is hardly the first time the world has been tested, and certainly not the last, but the path forward will require solutions that recognize the realities of these situations. With crisis comes opportunity. How will the world rebuild to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century?
Ambassador Kurt Volker is a leading expert in U.S. foreign and national security policy with some 30 years of experience in a variety of government, academic, and private sector capacities. He served as U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations from 2017 to 2019, and as U.S. Ambassador to NATO from 2008-2009. Ambassador Volker is currently Managing Director, International, and Co-Chair of the Advisory Board at BGR Group, which provides government relations, public relations, and business advisory services to a wide array of clients. He also serves on the advisory board of Augustus, an artificial intelligence start-up company, and has previously served as a Director of CG Funds Trust and the Wall Street Fund.
From 2012-2019, Ambassador Volker was the founding Executive Director of The McCain Institute for International Leadership, a part of Arizona State University based in Washington, DC. He remains a Senior Advisor at the Atlantic Council; a Trustee of the American College of the Mediterranean in Aix-en-Provence, France; a Trustee of the Hungary Initiatives Foundation; a member of the GLOBSEC International Advisory Board; and a member of the International Advisory Board of the U.S. Institute for Peace. He has taught Transatlantic Relations at The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, and is a member of that School’s Board of Advisors.