Julianne (“Julie”) Smith is a senior advisor to the president and serves as the director of the Asia Program and the Geopolitics Program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. She is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy, where she coedits “Shadow Government.” She is also a senior advisor at WestExec Advisors.
In 2018, she was awarded the Weizsäcker Fellowship from the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin where she spent a year focusing on German foreign policy and transatlantic cooperation in Asia. In 2016-2018, Smith directed the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). During that time, she launched “Across the Pond, in the Field,” a project that takes U.S. and European policymakers to cities across the United States to discuss foreign policy. Before that, she ran the Strategy and Statecraft Program at CNAS.
In 2012-2013, she served as the deputy national security advisor to the vice president of the United States. In addition to advising the vice president on a wide range of foreign and defense policy issues, she represented him in cabinet and deputies level interagency meetings. In March and April 2013, she served as the acting national security advisor to the vice president. Before her post at the White House, she served for three years as the principal director for European and NATO policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon. In 2012, she was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service.
Ms. Smith has also worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Association of the U.S. Army on the Project on the Role of American Military Power and the British American Security Information Council. In 1996/97, she worked in Germany at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow. Her commentaries on U.S. foreign policy have appeared in many publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, the Financial Times, and Foreign Policy as well as newspapers in the United States and Europe.
Ms. Smith is a recipient of the American Academy in Berlin Public Policy Fellowship and the Fredin Memorial Scholarship for study at the Sorbonne in Paris. She received her B.A. from Xavier University and her M.A. from American University. She spent a year learning German at the University of Munich. She serves on the Advisory Council of the Alliance for Security Democracy, the Board of Advisors of the Truman National Security Project, and the Board of Trustees of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies. In 2017 she received the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.