Stanley R. Sloan

AIES Senior Advisor


Stan Sloan, one of America’s top experts on US-European relations, is the founding Director of the Atlantic Community Initiative, and is a Visiting Scholar at the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs at Middlebury College.  He was a consultant to the Center for Transatlantic Security Studies at the National Defense University in 2011-12 and has been an Associate Fellow at AIES since 2014.

For the past ten years, Stan has taught courses on transatlantic relations and American power during the winter term at Middlebury College in Vermont.  His most recent book, Permanent Alliance? NATO and the Transatlantic Bargain from Truman to Obama, was published by Continuum Books in July 2010.

Stan was educated at the University of Maine (BA), Columbia University's School of International Affairs (MIA), and American University's School of International Service (PhD).  He is a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force Officers' Training School and served as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force. He began more than three decades of public service at the Central Intelligence Agency in 1967, where he served as a desk officer for NATO and the European Community, a member of the U.S. delegation to the (Vienna) negotiations on mutual and balanced force reductions, and as the Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Western Europe.

From 1975 to 1999, Stan was employed by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the Library of Congress in a variety of analytical and research management positions, including Chief of the Office of Senior Specialists.  In 1997-98, at the request of the late Senator William Roth, Stan served as Rapporteur for the North Atlantic Assembly Special Presidential Report on "NATO in the 21st Century".  In April 1999, Stan retired from his position as CRS Senior Specialist for International Security Policy and returned to his home state of Vermont to continue writing, lecturing, and teaching.

His recent publications include:  "Differing Perspectives on Ukraine, Russia, NATO and US Policy,", March 31, 2014; "Securing the Atlantic Community:  NATO is Not Enough" (with Sten Rynning), Atlantic Council of the United States; "Atlanticism's Revenge?" (with Jordan Becker); (, December 11, 2013); "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize:  The Asia Pivot," (, September 9, 2013); "NATO's "neutral" European partners: valuable contributors or free riders?"(NATO Review, May 2013); "What is NATO's Role in a New Transatlantic Bargain?" in The Transatlantic Bargain (NATO Defence College, 2012); "NATO's Deterrence Review:  Strategic Fiddling While Rome Burns?" (Strategic Insights, Winter 2011); "Re-engineering the transatlantic security and defense relationship," (Wilton Park Report, Rapporteur), 28 September 2011; "Counterpoint: In Defense of NATO," International Herald Tribune/Global New York Times, 28 June 2011.

Stan has lectured widely in the United States and Europe on U.S. foreign and security policy and transatlantic relations.  His sponsors in recent years have included the U.S. Department of State's Public Diplomacy and Fulbright Senior Specialist programs.  Since the early 1990s, he has been a regular lecturer at the NATO College in Rome, where he was named "Honorary Ancien" in September 2005.