REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
UNITED STATES SENATE
SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of Demonstrated Competence — Foreign Service Act, Section 304(a)(4)
POST: Representative of the United States of America to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization with Rank of Ambassador
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
CANDIDATE: Julianne “Julie” Smith
Julianne “Julie” Smith is a policymaker with specific expertise in Europe and transatlantic relations. She is a Senior Advisor to the Secretary at the Department of State. Previously, she served as the Director of the Asia and Geopolitics Programs at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. From 2014-2018, she served as the Director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Her extensive experience writing and working on NATO and European security, management experience and demonstrated ability to lead large teams makes her a well-qualified candidate to be the Representative of the U.S. to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Prior to joining CNAS, Julie served in the Obama administration. From 2012-2013, she served first as the Deputy National Security Advisor and then the Acting National Security Advisor to Vice President Joseph Biden. Before the White House, she served as the Principal Director for European and NATO Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon for three years. In 2012, she was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service. Prior to this, Julie directed the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). She has published numerous articles on national security in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the National Interest, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, and the Financial Times. She received her B.A. from Xavier University and her M.A. from American University. She also studied at the University of Munich in Germany and the Sorbonne in Paris, France. Smith speaks French and German.