SLOAN Stanley

Function : Nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

Speech : Political Committee

Twitter : @srs2_


Stan Sloan is a Visiting Scholar in Political Science at Middlebury College, a Non-resident Senior Fellow in the Scowcroft Center of the Atlantic Council of the United States, and an Associate Fellow at the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy. He has been a member of the Middlebury Winter Term Faculty for 14 years and is the founding Director of the Atlantic Community Initiative, and President of VIC–Vermont, a private consulting firm. Late in 2016, he was invited to join the Dūcō experts group.

Stan taught courses on transatlantic relations in the Middlebury College Winter Terms from 2005-2007, and in January 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 and has been invited to offer this course again in January 2019.  In January 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018, he presented courses on “American Power.”  His most recent book, Transatlantic traumas, Has illiberalism brought the West to the brink of collapse?, was published by the Manchester University Press in February 2018. His chapter on “Donald Trump and NATO: Historic Alliance Meets A-historic President” recently appeared in the edited volume Chaos in the Liberal Order (Columbia University Press, 2018). His book titled Defense of the West:  NATO, the European Union and the Transatlantic Bargain was published by the Manchester University Press in September 2016.

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 (abd 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.  Stan began his more than three decades of public service at the Central Intelligence Agency in 1967, serving as NATO and European Community desk officer, member of the U.S. Delegation to the Negotiations on Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions, and as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Western Europe.

From 1975 to April 1999 he was employed by the Congressional Research Service in a variety of analytical and research management positions, including head of the Office of Senior Specialists.  In April 1999, he retired from his position as the Senior Specialist in International Security Policy.  During 1997-98, Stan was the rapporteur for the North Atlantic Assembly special presidential report on “NATO in the 21st Century.”  The late Senator William Roth, who led the effort and issued the report, wrote in his introduction: “I am particularly indebted to Stanley Sloan. His tireless efforts, combined with his extensive knowledge, and, above all, his unsurpassed appreciation for the Alliance, provided the foundation of this report. He deserves much credit for all that is right in this report.”
His recent publications include: “Trump and NATO: Historic Alliance Meets A-historic President,” chapter in Chaos in the Liberal Order  (Columbia University Press, 2018); “Can the West be saved?” (New Atlanticist, March 6, 2018); “NATO’s Ever-Evolving Identity,” chapter in Moore, Rebecca R and Coletta, Damon, NATO’s Return to Europe " (Georgetown University Press, 2017); “Donald Trump and NATO: Historic Alliance Meets Ahistoric President.” (The International Security Studies Forum, June 8, 2017); “Transatlantic relations in the wake of Trump’s turbulence.” (Atlantic Perspective, June 2017); “A Message to Europe: Let's Stick Together," (New Atlanticist, March 21, 2017); "Don't Expect a New NATO Strategic Concept Any Time Soon," (New Atlanticist, February 24, 2017); "Transatlantic Relations in 2017," (Diplomatic Courier, January 29, 2017); "Defense of the West" (, November 18, 2016); "The Trump Administration between NATO, Putin and Western Values" (, November 16, 2016); “Was de Gaulle right on Britain’s role in Europe” (New Atlanticist, August 9, 2016); "Rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic? NATO's Warsaw Summit" (Atlantic Perspective, August 1, 2016); "Step on the Gas: Montenegro's Road to NATO Membership" (, June 21, 2016); “NATO’s Hollowing Values Agenda,” (Atlantic Council, May 2016); “NATO and the Paris Attacks: Why there will not be an Article V response,” (, November 18, 2015.

Mr. Sloan's recent books and monographs, in addition to the two mentioned above, include Permanent Alliance? NATO and the Transatlantic Bargain from Truman to Obama (Continuum Books, July 2010); NATO, the European Union and the Atlantic Community: The Transatlantic Bargain Challenged (Rowman and Littlefield, August 2005); The Use of U.S. Power: Implications for U.S. Interests  [with Robert Sutter and Casimir Yost] (Georgetown University Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, June 2004); NATO, the European Union and the Atlantic Community: The Transatlantic Bargain Reconsidered (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003); NATO and Transatlantic Relations in the 21st Century: Crisis, Continuity or Change? (Foreign Policy Association, October 2002); The United States and European Defence (Chaillot Paper, Western European Union Institute, April 2000); The Foreign Policy Struggle – Congress and the President in the 1990s and Beyond [with Mary Locke and Casimir Yost] (Georgetown University Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, January 2000.

Stan has lectured widely on US foreign and security policy and Euro-Atlantic security issues in Europe and the United States. He has been a frequent presenter at the NATO College in Rome (where, in September 2005, he was named an “Honorary Ancien” of the College to acknowledge his contributions to the College and the NATO alliance), the Geneva (Switzerland) Center for Security Policy, the Wilton Park (UK) Foreign Office conference center, dozens of international conferences, and for the US public diplomacy program in many countries, including the Czech Republic, China, Germany, Russia, Estonia, Denmark, Norway, Austria and Italy. In 2018, he presented based on his latest book at the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Royal United Services Institute in London.

For the past three years, Stan has been a speaker featured in the Vermont Humanities Council First Wednesday series at the Middlebury Ilsley Library (2016), Montpelier Kellogg-Hubbard Library (2017) and Essex Brownell Library (2018).

In 2002, Stan was selected as a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Visiting Fellow and most recently in that capacity lectured at Hampden-Sydney College in February 2007. Over the years, Stan has also presented to audiences at Dartmouth College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Kent State University, Harvard University, Middlebury College, University of Vermont, University of Arkansas, University of Virginia, University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University SAIS, Georgetown University, George Washington University, National Defense University, Air War College, Army War College, US Military Academy at West Point, Naval War College, US Naval Academy, US Air Force Academy, NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Vermont Council on World Affairs, International Institute of Strategic Studies, Chatham House, Oxford English Speaking Union, Cologne University, German Council on Foreign Relations, Dutch Atlantic Commission, Austrian Institute for European Security, French Institute for International Relations, University of Rome, University of Naples and many other venues. He served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist at Slovenia’s University of Ljubljana in 2011 and the Estonian School of Diplomacy in Tallinn in 2007.

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