Dan Baer

Acting Director
Europe Program
Dan Baer is acting director of the Europe Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


Harvard College, AB in Social Studies and African American Studies
Oxford University, MPhil and DPhil in International Relations




Dan Baer is acting director of the Europe Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He was a diplomatic fellow at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies from 2017 to 2019. He served in Governor John Hickenlooper’s cabinet as executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education from 2018 to 2019. Under President Obama, he was U.S. ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) from 2013 to 2017.  Previously, he was a deputy assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor from 2009 to 2013. Before his government service, Baer was an assistant professor at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, a faculty fellow at Harvard’s Safra Center for Ethics, and a project leader at the Boston Consulting Group.

He has appeared on CNN, Fox, MSNBC, BBC, PBS Frontline, Al Jazeera, Sky, and the Colbert Report. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Foreign Affairs, Politico, the Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Westword, the Denver Post, and other publications. He holds a doctorate in international relations from Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a degree in social studies and African American studies from Harvard. He is married to Brian Walsh, an economist at the World Bank.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy December 15, 2021
    What Biden Can Learn from Hillary Clinton’s Landmark LGBT Speech

    Universal human rights are central to the case for political liberalism. Even in societies where old prejudices endure fairness has resonance, and in efforts to deal with the pressures of geopolitics people should not forget the power of universal principles. History, alas, has not ended.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy October 27, 2021
    No More Trans-Atlantic Love Fest as Biden Heads to Europe

    Europeans shouldn’t want to develop more robust ties with the United States because Biden is being nice to them but because they recognize that both sides urgently need to work together.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy September 17, 2021
    Sub Snub Has Paris in a Tizzy Over AUKUS

    The AUKUS announcement was not a slight to France or Europe—or, for that matter, to Canada, Japan, or South Korea. It strengthens the hand of all democracies in the Indo-Pacific, including the democracies that aren’t part of the arrangement.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy June 22, 2021
    In Historic Shift, Biden Aligns Allies on China

    U.S. President Joe Biden’s trip to Europe was rightly heralded as a success. Biden played the role of a national symbol more than U.S. presidents usually do: A long-lost friend returned to the global stage, just as he promised his country would do.

  • Op-Ed Bulwark June 15, 2021
    Five Ways Biden Can Get the Most from His Meeting with Putin

    Joe Biden’s tough-sounding talk during his campaign and his rhetoric and actions in the first three months of his administration didn’t give any indication that he was eager to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • Op-Ed Bulwark May 11, 2021
    Keep One Eye on Xi and the Other on Putin

    Ukraine’s fate is also important to the United States, because the Biden administration’s Russia policy will be an early indicator of whether the administration can manage simultaneous challenges from Beijing and Moscow.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy April 20, 2021
    Don’t Just Make Foreign Policy for Working Americans. Engage Them in It.

    U.S. President Joe Biden and his national security team have promised to deliver a “foreign policy for the middle class” that will complement the administration’s domestic focus on protecting jobs and delivering benefits to working people.

  • Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah
    Article April 6, 2021
    Tracking Biden’s Progress on a Foreign Policy for the Middle Class

    Drilling down on how the pro–middle class foreign policy Biden promised would actually look is no easy task. Judging its success requires looking at not only public statements but also personnel choices, policy processes, and measured outcomes.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy February 18, 2021
    America Is Back. But Can Allies Ever Trust It Again?

    Despite U.S. President Joe Biden’s long history as a supporter of liberal internationalism, Washington’s allies are deeply scarred by the last four years.

  • Op-Ed Foreign Policy February 9, 2021
    America Is Back. Europe, Are You There?

    Now it’s time for the United States to send a message to its friends in Europe: The window of opportunity for reinvesting in the trans-Atlantic relationship is not indefinite.

  • A conversation with the President of Finland on Europe’s global role
    November 17, 2020 Live Online
    The View from Europe: A Conversation with H.E. Sauli Niinistö

    Join Carnegie for a conversation between the President of Finland, H.E. Sauli Niinistö, and the Brussels correspondent for the New York Times, Matina Stevis-Gridneff, as they discuss the future of Europe and the transatlantic partnership.

  • The Second Transatlantic Pillar: Strengthening EU-U.S. Ties
    October 16, 2020 Live Online
    The Second Transatlantic Pillar: Strengthening U.S.-EU Ties

    The partnership between the United States and the EU is increasingly essential to managing the most pressing 21st century challenges. Whether on issues of trade, sanctions, climate, China, or technology, Brussels is Washington’s partner of choice. Yet the U.S.-EU relationship remains imperfect and needs strategic renovation.

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