Associate Fellow, US and the Americas Programme
Julianne Smith

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Julianne Smith is also the director of the Strategy and Statecraft programme at the Center for a New American Security, and a senior vice president at Beacon Global Strategies in Washington DC. 

Prior to joining Beacon and CNAS, she served as the deputy national security advisor to the vice president of the United States from April 2012 to June 2013.

Before her posting at the White House, she served as the principal director for European and NATO Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon. 

Before joining the Obama administration, Julianne worked at a number of think tanks including the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the German Marshall Fund, and the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Germany where she focused on transatlantic relations and US national security. 

She received her BA from Xavier University and her MA from American University. 

Areas of expertise

  • NATO
  • US foreign policy in the Middle East
  • US defense policy
  • US relations with Europe, including trade relations
  • America's 'pivot' to Asia

Past experience

April 2012 - June 2013Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President, The White House
2009 - 12Principal Director, NATO/European Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, US Department of Defense
2006 - 09Director and Senior Fellow, Europe Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
2003 - 06Deputy Director, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies