WASHINGTON, DC - The Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) is proud to announce that NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has appointed CEPA Vice Chairman of the Board Dr. A. Wess Mitchell co-chair of a high-level expert group as part of NATO’s Reflection Process. Dr. Mitchell, who previously served as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, will co-chair the group with Thomas de Maizière, former Minister of the Interior and Minister of Defense of Germany.


"Wess’s appointment as co-chair of the group is a testament to his capabilities and reputation as a leading thinker on transatlantic security," said CEPA President and CEO Dr. Alina Polyakova. "CEPA is proud to have our Board Vice Chairman representing U.S. interests in the Secretary General’s effort to ensure future Alliance readiness and cohesion."


"I am deeply honored to participate in this undertaking," said CEPA Vice Chairman Wess Mitchell. "NATO's mission has never been more important than it is today. I look forward to working with Thomas and the other European participants to provide Secretary General Stoltenberg with recommendations for strengthening the Western Alliance."


While NATO is delivering on its military responsibilities with increased readiness and defense spending, the group will generate recommendations for strengthening the political dimension of the Alliance given current and emerging challenges—including efforts to bolster cohesion and coordination between Allies.


Mitchell served as Assistant Secretary from 2017 to 2019. Previously, he co-founded and served as President and CEO of CEPA. He has authored or co-authored three books, including The Unquiet Frontier (2016) and The Grand Strategy of the Habsburg Empire (2018). Mitchell currently serves as Vice Chairman of the CEPA Board, Senior Advisor at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and Non-Resident Fellow in the Applied History Project at Harvard University.

About CEPA

CEPA is a 501(c)(3) non-partisan public policy research institution dedicated to the study of Europe and Russia with offices in Washington and Warsaw. CEPA’s mission is to promote an economically vibrant, strategically secure, and politically free Europe with close and enduring ties to the United States. Through written analysis and public events, CEPA educates policymakers and the public, helps transatlantic businesses navigate changing strategic landscapes, and builds networks of future leaders.

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31 March 2020

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