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Max Bergmann

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Max Bergmann is a senior fellow at American Progress, where he focuses on Europe, Russia, and U.S. security cooperation. 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.

Latest by Max Bergmann

The Case for EU Defense Report

The Case for EU Defense

U.S. opposition to EU defense efforts since the 1990s has been a strategic mistake that has undermined both the EU and NATO. It’s time for a new U.S. approach that encourages ambitious EU defense strategies.

Max Bergmann, James Lamond, Siena Cicarelli

A Plan To Reform U.S. Security Assistance Report

A Plan To Reform U.S. Security Assistance

The U.S. security assistance system that provides arms, training, and support to foreign partners is not fit for today’s global challenges; the Biden administration should reform it to ensure it supports overall U.S. goals.

Max Bergmann, Alexandra Schmitt

Belarus’ Fight for a Democratic Future Report

Belarus’ Fight for a Democratic Future

Belarusians are protesting for free and fair elections—something under threat not only from their own leader but from Moscow as well.

Max Bergmann, Claire Cappaert

Embrace the Union Report
 (A protestor waves the EU flag during a pro-Europe demonstration a week before European elections in Berlin, May 2019.)

Embrace the Union

To revive and rebuild the trans-Atlantic alliance, the United States should fully embrace the European Union.

Max Bergmann

Securing a Democratic World Report

Securing a Democratic World

The future of U.S. national security and a liberal democratic world depends on America embracing democratic values, locking arms with its democratic allies to stem the rise of authoritarianism, and growing the community of democratic nations.

Kelly Magsamen, Max Bergmann, Michael Fuchs, 1 More Trevor Sutton

Acts of an Adversary Report

Acts of an Adversary

Russia is pursuing a concerted strategy to undermine American democracy and U.S. national interests. These are the actions of an adversary not an ally.

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