On the heels of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to the United States, Energy & Environment Program Associate Director Mihaela Carstei joins CTV to discuss the Keystone Pipeline project that would transport tar sands oil from Canada and the northern United States to refineries in the Gulf coast of Texas.
He brings to the Council and the Scowcroft Center over two decades of experience in US national security matters having served in senior policy positions in the Department of Defense and the US Congress.
Mr. Brzezinski served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for Europe and NATO policy (2001-2005). His office formulated, coordinated and executed bilateral and regional engagement strategies and defense guidance with the Joint Staff, Unified Combatant Commands and Department of Defense elements. His lead responsibilities included NATO expansion, Alliance force planning and transformation and NATO operations in the Balkans, the Mediterranean, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Key highlights of his tenure include the expansion of NATO membership in 2004, the consolidation and reconfiguration of the Alliance’s command structure, the standing up of the NATO Response Force, and the coordination of European military contributions to US and NATO-led operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Balkans.
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 US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (2000–2001). In these capacities, he drafted and implemented legislative initiatives and strategies concerning US interests in Europe, Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. As the staff coordinator of the Senate NATO Observer Group, he facilitated coordination and communication between the US Senate and the executive branch on NATO enlargement, NATO operations in the Balkans and Alliance force modernization among other issues.
Mr. Brzezinski served as a volunteer in Ukraine (1993-1994) where he advised the Ukrainian National Security Council, Foreign Ministry, Defense Ministry, and Parliament. He served as a member of the Policy Planning Staff in the Department of Defense (1991–1993), a consultant to the Center for Naval Analysis (1991–92) and a support analyst/information assistant at the National Security Council (1986–7).
For his public service, Ian 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, Republic of Poland, Officer Class.
Mr. Brzezinski worked for five years a principal at Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. providing policy and technical support to US combatant commands and foreign clients. Today, he leads the Brzezinski Group, which provides strategic insight and advice to government and commercial clients.
On May 22, the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative will hold a discussion on the history of cyber critical infrastructure protection in recognition of the 15th anniversary of Presidential Decision Directive 63 (PDD-63).
On May 30, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center will release a new issue brief, The Kaleidoscope Turns Again in a Crisis-Challenged Iran, a discussion of Iran’s upcoming presidential elections.
From June 13-14, the 2013 Wrocław Global Forum will bring together over 350 top policy-makers and business leaders to explore the region’s impact as an actor in Europe, as well as its crucial role in the transatlantic partnership and on the global stage.