Expertise: European security, U.S.-Russia relations, security assistance, U.S. foreign policy

Max Bergmann is a senior fellow at American Progress, where he focuses on European security and U.S.-Russia policy. From 2011 to 2017, he served in the U.S. Department of State in a number of different positions, including as a member of the secretary of state’s policy planning staff, where he focused on political-military affairs and nonproliferation; special assistant to the undersecretary for arms control and international security; speechwriter to then-Secretary of State John Kerry; and senior adviser to the assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs. Prior to serving in the State Department, he worked at American Progress as a military and nonproliferation policy analyst and at the National Security Network as the deputy policy director. Bergmann received his master’s degree from the London School of Economics in comparative politics and his bachelor’s degree from Bates College.

By Max Bergmann
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The Missing Middle: Defense Financing for Middle-Income DemocraciesWar on the RocksOctober 5, 2017
How Facebook Could Crack the Trump-Russia CaseJust SecuritySeptember 19, 2017
From the Left: Putin Is a Foe Who Must Be ContainedInside SourcesAugust 20, 2017
How Putin Could Strike BackHuffington PostAugust 7, 2017
Russiagate: The Depth of CollusionCenter for American Progress Action FundAugust 2, 2017
Present at the Destruction: How Rex Tillerson Is Wrecking the State DepartmentPoliticoJune 29, 2017
Time to Act on Russia SanctionsCenter for American ProgressJune 29, 2017
War by Other MeansCenter for American ProgressJune 6, 2017
An Alliance in Crisis: Europe Needs to Act Quickly to Defend ItselfCenter for American ProgressJune 1, 2017
The Time to Vet Is Over: It’s Time to Vote on the New START AccordCenter for American ProgressDecember 15, 2010
No Other OptionCenter for American ProgressDecember 15, 2010
Ratify New STARTCenter for American ProgressSeptember 15, 2010
Ask the Expert: What Is New START?Center for American ProgressAugust 3, 2010
New Start to Rein in Iran’s AmbitionsCenter for American ProgressApril 9, 2010
Ask the Expert: New START Brings New StabilityCenter for American ProgressApril 8, 2010
A Strong Case for a New STARTCenter for American ProgressApril 6, 2010
A New START for Arms ControlCenter for American ProgressMarch 25, 2010
Serving America’s VeteransCenter for American ProgressAugust 31, 2009
Restructuring the MilitaryCenter for American ProgressOctober 10, 2008
Embracing New RoleCenter for American ProgressMay 20, 2008
Restoring American Military Power: Toward a New Progressive Defense Strategy for AmericaCenter for American ProgressDecember 10, 2007
How to Withdraw Quickly and SafelyCenter for American ProgressSeptember 9, 2007
How to Redeploy: Implementing a Responsible Drawdown of U.S. Forces from IraqCenter for American ProgressAugust 27, 2007
Beyond the Call of DutyCenter for American ProgressAugust 7, 2007
Soccer-Style Diversity: Representing the U.S. in More Ways than OneCenter for American ProgressJune 28, 2007
Bush’s Draft DodgeCenter for American ProgressMay 26, 2007
Beyond the Call of DutyCenter for American ProgressMarch 6, 2007
Lessons from the Somalia BombingCenter for American ProgressMarch 5, 2007
Surging to DisasterCenter for American ProgressDecember 20, 2006
Time to Act: Iraq Study Group Offers Way ForwardCenter for American ProgressDecember 6, 2006
Lowry is WrongCenter for American ProgressSeptember 18, 2006
Tapped OutCenter for American ProgressSeptember 13, 2006
Marine Corps Equipment After IraqCenter for American ProgressAugust 23, 2006
Iraqi echoes of Reagan’s campaign in LebanonCenter for American ProgressJune 26, 2006
Iraqi echoes of Reagan’s campaign in LebanonCenter for American ProgressJune 26, 2006
Why Europe MattersCenter for American ProgressFebruary 22, 2005
Bring the IAEA Back InCenter for American ProgressNovember 23, 2004