Brussels Forum Session: Perspectives on a New Atlanticism  

Julianne Smith was appointed US permanent representative to NATO in November 2021. Previously, she served as a senior advisor to Secretary Blinken at the Department of State. 

Smith served prior to that as the director of the Asia and Geopolitics Programs at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. 

From 2014–18, she served as director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), and from 2012 to 2013was acting national security adviser and deputy national security advisor to the vice president of the United States. Before that, she served for three years as the principal director for European and NATO Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon. In January 2012, she was awarded the Medal for Exceptional Public Service. 

Prior to her government service, Ambassador Smith held a variety of positions at research institutions including the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. She has written extensively on transatlantic relations and European security. 

Ms. Smith is a recipient of the Richard von Weizsäcker Fellowship at the Bosch Academy in Berlin and the Fredin Memorial Scholarship for study at the Sorbonne in Paris. In 2017, she received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.