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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

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

Biden Must Rally Europe to Stand Up to Putin In the News

Biden Must Rally Europe to Stand Up to Putin

Max Bergmann and Edward Fishman urge the Biden administration to work with its European allies to pressure the regime of Vladimir Putin.

Max Bergmann, Edward Fishman

The 9/11 Era Is Now History In the News

The 9/11 Era Is Now History

Max Bergmann and James Lamond explain why the 2020 election marks the end of the 9/11 era.

Max Bergmann, James Lamond

Open a bank In the News

Open a bank

Max Bergmann and Siena Cicarelli explain how creating a bank could resolve NATO's inability to adequately finance defense.

No, Trump has not been ‘tough’ on Russia In the News

No, Trump has not been ‘tough’ on Russia

Authors Edward Fishman, James Lamond, and Max Bergmann set the record straight on the Trump administration's attitude toward Russia.

Edward Fishman, James Lamond, Max Bergmann

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

Europe’s Geopolitical Awakening In the News

Europe’s Geopolitical Awakening

Max Bergmann discusses how Europe’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has reinvigorated the European Union, possibly setting it up to be a major player globally as well as an important U.S. partner.

Max Bergmann

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