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Expertise: European Union, NATO, Russia, foreign interference, U.S. security cooperation, U.S. foreign policy

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.

By Max Bergmann
The Biden Administration Needs To Act Fast To Reset Relations With FranceWar on the RocksSeptember 21, 2021
The next Afghanistan: Europe needs to get serious about defensePoliticoAugust 18, 2021
Climate Will Test Whether America Is Truly ‘Back’Center for American ProgressJune 30, 2021
The summit that matters more than the G-7The Washington PostJune 10, 2021
The Case for EU DefenseCenter for American ProgressJune 1, 2021
White House Needs New Arms Sales ApproachBreaking DefenseMay 7, 2021
Putting Climate at the Center of the Trans-Atlantic RelationshipCenter for American ProgressApril 29, 2021
By Engaging Italy, Biden Can Strengthen Both the United States and the EUCenter for American ProgressMarch 31, 2021
The Multilateral MomentFriedrich Ebert StiftungMarch 15, 2021
It’s time to get the Pentagon out of the business of administering U.S. foreign aidThe Washington PostMarch 11, 2021
A Plan To Reform U.S. Security AssistanceCenter for American ProgressMarch 9, 2021
Biden Must Rally Europe to Stand Up to PutinPoliticoFebruary 3, 2021
NATO’s Financing GapCenter for American ProgressJanuary 13, 2021
The EU Is the Military Ally the United States NeedsForeign AffairsJanuary 6, 2021
The 9/11 Era Is Now HistoryFriedrich-Ebert-StiftungNovember 18, 2020
Open a bankAtlantic CouncilOctober 14, 2020
No, Trump has not been ‘tough’ on RussiaThe Washington PostOctober 13, 2020
Belarus’ Fight for a Democratic FutureCenter for American ProgressSeptember 3, 2020
Europe’s Geopolitical AwakeningForeign AffairsAugust 20, 2020
Why Hungary’s Democratic Backsliding Should Prompt NATO To ActCenter for American ProgressAugust 17, 2020
Any Kosovo-Serbia Deal Needs the European UnionCenter for American ProgressJune 24, 2020
Europe’s Lost Decade Demands a Progressive ResponseCenter for American ProgressMay 13, 2020
The Weakest Link: Russian Influence Operation in the Netherlands Reveals Vulnerabilities in EU Foreign Policy PowersCenter for American ProgressMay 7, 2020
The new European revolt against Angela MerkelThe Washington PostApril 6, 2020
The Transatlantic Alliance in the Midst of COVID-19: Missing (In)Action?Institut MontaigneApril 6, 2020
The US Should Be Leading the Global Response to the Coronavirus CrisisCenter for American ProgressMarch 26, 2020
Coronavirus May Be the EU’s Hardest Test YetCenter for American ProgressMarch 18, 2020
Why Trump’s EU Travel Restrictions Do Not Help To Prevent Coronavirus OutbreakCenter for American ProgressMarch 12, 2020
Trump Committed Crimes in His Ukraine ShakedownCenter for American ProgressJanuary 21, 2020
Senators Must Be Briefed on Russian Disinformation Before the Impeachment TrialCenter for American ProgressDecember 23, 2019
Embrace the UnionCenter for American ProgressOctober 31, 2019
Beyond PopulismCenter for American ProgressOctober 16, 2019
The Geopolitics of a Political ScandalCenter for American ProgressSeptember 21, 2019
Europe Is BackForeign PolicyJuly 17, 2019
If Mueller didn’t follow the money, Congress must: There are huge red flags regarding potential Russian financial improprieties in the electionDaily NewsMay 14, 2019
To Strengthen NATO, Congress Must Help End Its Reliance On Russian EquipmentDefense OneMarch 26, 2019
Why Trump Should Release the Full Mueller ReportPolitico MagazineMarch 12, 2019
Our elections are still vulnerable to Russian interferenceThe Washington PostMarch 6, 2019
Understanding and Combating Russian and Chinese Influence OperationsCenter for American ProgressFebruary 28, 2019
A national security agenda to rebuild American leadershipThe HillJanuary 1, 2019
The Rise of Far-Right Populism Threatens Global Democracy and SecurityCenter for American ProgressNovember 2, 2018
Securing a Democratic WorldCenter for American ProgressSeptember 5, 2018
A Year into Mueller’s Investigation, Here’s the Case for CollusionNew York Daily NewsMay 17, 2018
To Learn How to Protect America From Digital Threats, Look to EuropeDefense OneMarch 27, 2018
Rex Tillerson Was a Horrible Secretary of State. Mike Pompeo Could Be Worse.The National InterestMarch 14, 2018
Trump’s Attitude Toward Russia Sanctions Makes a Mockery of the United StatesForeign PolicyMarch 1, 2018
Why You Shouldn’t Be a Russiagate SkepticPoliticoFebruary 22, 2018
The Truth About Russia’s Electoral Interference Requires Trump Answer Mueller’s QuestionsNBC NewsFebruary 17, 2018
To Help NATO Allies Get Off Russian Equipment, the United States Should Revive Defense LendingWar on the RocksFebruary 14, 2018
Robert Mueller is closing in on Trump. Congress must protect his investigationThe GuardianDecember 12, 2017
Acts of an AdversaryCenter for American ProgressDecember 5, 2017
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
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