Ian Lesser

Ian Lesser is Vice President for Foreign Policy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and a member of GMF’s executive team, managing programmes across the organisation. He also serves as Executive Director of the Transatlantic Centre, the Brussels office of GMF, and leads GMF’s work in the Mediterranean, Turkey, and the wider Atlantic.  Prior to joining GMF, Ian Lesser was a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars, and Vice President and Director of Studies at the Pacific Council on International Policy. He came to the Pacific Council from RAND, where he spent over a decade as a Senior Analyst and Research Manager specializing in strategic studies. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and the Pacific Council on International Policy. He serves on the Advisory Boards of the “International Spectator”, “Turkish Policy Quarterly”, and “Insight Turkey”. He serves as a Senior Advisor to the Commander, US European Command (EUCOM).