Back to the Future: NATO, Russia and the Practice of Effective Deterrence

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Ian Brzezinski

Brzezinski Group LLC

December 9th, 2015 at 1pm at the New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street, Between Fifth and Sixth Avenues

Ian Brzezinski currently leads the Brzezinski Group, which provides strategic insight and advice to government and commercial clients. He is a Resident Senior Fellow with the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security and is part of the Atlantic Council's Strategic Advisors Group.

He brings to the Council more than two decades of experience in U.S. national security matters, having served in senior policy positions in the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Congress. 

Mr. Brzezinski served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO Policy (2001-05). His office formulated, coordinated, and executed bilateral and regional engagement strategies and defense guidance with the Joint Staff, Unified Combatant Commands, and Defense Department sectors. His lead responsibilities included NATO expansion; alliance force planning and transformation; and NATO operations in the Balkans, the Mediterranean, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

Mr. Brzezinski served for seven years on Capitol Hill, first as a Legislative Assistant for national security affairs to the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Bill Roth, (1995–2000) and then as a senior professional staff member on the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (2000–2001).

Mr. Brzezinski served as a volunteer in Ukraine (1993-1994) advising the Ukrainian National Security Council, Foreign Ministry, Defense Ministry, and Parliament. He served as a member of the Policy Planning Staff in the Defense Department (1991–93), a consultant to the Center for Naval Analysis (1991–1992) and a Support Analyst/Information Assistant at the National Security Council (1986–1987). He also worked for five years as a principal at Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., providing policy and technical support to US combatant commands and foreign clients.

For his public service, Mr. Brzezinski has been awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service; the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gedimas; the Latvian Ministry of Defense Award; the Romanian Medal for National Service, Order of Commander; and the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, Officer Class.