Wess Mitchell

US Assistant Secretary Of State For European & Eurasian Affairs (2017-2019)

Speaker Themes

  • Geopolitics
  • US-Europe relations
  • US foreign policy
  • Great power competition

Travels from

Washington D.C., USA


Dr. A. Wess Mitchell served as Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State (2017-2019), where he was responsible for diplomatic relations with the 50 countries of Europe and Eurasia, as well as the institutions of NATO, the EU and OSCE.

Prior to joining the State Department, Mitchell cofounded and served as President and CEO of the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA).

He is the author of three books, including The Grand Strategy of the Habsburg Empire (Princeton University Press, 2018) and Unquiet Frontier: Rising Rivals, Vulnerable Allies and the Crisis of American Power (with Jakub J. Grygiel).

Mitchell holds a doctorate in political science from the Otto Suhr Institut für Politikwissenschaft at Freie Universität in Berlin, a master’s degree from the Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and a bachelor’s degree in history from Texas Tech University.

During the 2012 Presidential campaign, Mitchell served on the national security team of Gov. Mitt Romney. He currently serves as the vice chairman of the board of directors at CEPA, is a senior advisor at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and a Non-Resident Fellow in the Applied History Project Harvard University Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center.


“The West” is facing the twin forces of a relative decline in political and economic power, and a weakening of the traditional centre ground in its politics.

In this context, Mitchell’s insights on the future of the US-Europe relationship are invaluable for any organisations looking to navigate the critical geopolitical trends set to shape the coming decades.

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