Alexander Vershbow is a former Deputy Secretary General of NATO and US Ambassador to Russia. He is a distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council and Senior Adviser at Rasmussen Global.
Mr. Vershbow has had a long career in the State Department. From 2005 to 2008 he was United States Ambassador to South Korea. Prior to this, he was ambassador to Russia from 2001 to 2005 and the ambassador to NATO from 1998 to 2001. In March 2009, Mr. Vershbow was nominated by President Obama as Assistant Secretary of Defence for International Security Affairs, a position that holds responsibility for US policy towards NATO. He held this position until 2012 when he took the position of Deputy Secretary General of NATO, becoming the first American in this position.
Alexander Vershbow holds a Bachelor’s degree in Russian and East European Studies from Yale and an MA in International Relations from Columbia University. For his work with NATO, he was awarded NATO’s Distinguished Service Medal and the State Department’s Distinguished Service Award.