Dr. Ronald D. Asmus is a Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States where he focuses on how the U.S., and Europe can work together to address the new strategic challenges of the 21st century. He also serves as a senior advisor to the President of GMF on strategic and developmental issues. He is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations as well as a consultant for the Downey McGrath Group.
Dr. Asmus is the author of Opening NATO’s Door: How the Alliance Remade Itself for a New Era (New York: Columbia University Press, November 2002). He served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs in the Clinton Administration from 1997-2000. He has previously worked as a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, RAND and Radio Free Europe.
Dr. Asmus has written widely on European security issues on both sides of the Atlantic. He was one of the earliest advocates and intellectual architects of NATO enlargement in the early 1990s and subsequently served as a top aide to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Deputy Secretary Strobe Talbott, responsible for European security issues. He was involved in the key negotiations that led to NATO’s decision to extend invitations to Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, the signing of the NATO-Russia Founding Act, and finally, the U.S. Senate’s ratification of enlargement.
Dr. Asmus is the holder of the U.S. Department of State's Distinguished Honor Award; the Republic of Poland’s Commander’s Cross, Order of Merit; the Republic of Lithuania’s Order of the Grand Duke Gediminas (Second Class); and the Republic of Estonia’s Order of the Cross of St. Mary’s Land (Third Class). He is a member of the Board of the Committee on NATO and the U.S. Baltic Foundation. He is married to Barbara C. Wilkinson and has one son, Erik. His hobbies include mountain hiking, cooking and yoga.