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John R. Bolton currently serves as a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. His area of research is U.S. foreign and national security policy. Prior to arriving at AEI, Amb. Bolton served as the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations from August 1, 2005 to December 9, 2006. From June 2001 to May 2005, Ambassador Bolton served as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, also in the Bush Administration. Prior to this, Ambassador Bolton was Senior Vice President of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He supervised the AEI research program, financial oversight, dissemination of the AEI research and publications, public affairs and general management. Ambassador Bolton has spent many years of his career in public service. Previous positions he has held are Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs at the Department of State, 1989-1993; Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice, 1985-1989; Assistant Administrator for Program and Policy Coordination, U.S. Agency for International Development, 1982-1983; General Counsel, U.S. Agency for International Development, 1981-1982. Ambassador Bolton is also an attorney. He was an associate at the Washington office of Covington & Burling, and then a member of the firm from 1983-1985, after public service at the U.S. Agency for International Development. He currently is "of counsel" to the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis. Bolton graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude from Yale College (1970), and received his J.D. from Yale Law School (1974), where he was editor of the Yale Law Journal. Ambassador Bolton is married to Gretchen Smith Bolton. They have one daughter, Jennifer Sarah, an investment banker in New York.

ARTICLES BY: John Bolton


October 11, 2017 12:10 pm
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Independence for Kurdistan

Iraqi Kurdistan's recent referendum on whether to declare independence from Baghdad garnered only slight attention in the US. Even the overwhelming vote (93 percent favored...

October 10, 2017 11:59 am
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Mr. Trump: Withdraw From the Iran Nuclear Deal

President Donald Trump will address US policy toward Iran on Thursday, doubtless focusing on his decision regarding Barack Obama’s badly-flawed nuclear deal. Key officials are now...

September 11, 2017 2:53 pm
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9/11 Sixteen Years Later: Lessons Put Into Practice?

Today marks the 16th anniversary of Al Qaeda's 9/11 attacks. We learned much on that tragic day, at enormous human and material cost. Perilously, however, America...

August 31, 2017 11:14 am
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The Dangers of an Islamist Pakistan

Almost certainly, the war in Afghanistan will be won or lost in Pakistan. President Trump’s announcement last week that he will send more US troops -- some...

August 29, 2017 11:15 am
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If He Wants to, Donald Trump Can Get out of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Although candidate Donald Trump repeatedly criticized Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear agreement, his administration has twice decided to remain in the deal. It certified its intention...

August 16, 2017 11:31 am
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Time Is Ticking for Trump in Afghanistan

As President Trump wrestles with America's role in Afghanistan, he should first decide what our objectives are today, compared to what we wanted immediately after...

July 18, 2017 10:15 am
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Trump Must Withdraw From the Iran Nuclear Deal — Now

For the second time during the Trump administration, the State Department has reportedly decided to certify that Iran is complying with its 2015 nuclear deal...

July 12, 2017 10:48 am
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Trouble Among America’s Gulf Allies

In recent weeks, governments on the Arabian Peninsula have been having a diplomatic brawl. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain (together with Egypt...

June 19, 2017 11:43 am
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Fifty Years Later: Peace Through Strength

We recently marked the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War, June 5-10, 1967, when Israel won a swift and thoroughly decisive victory over its hostile Arab neighbors. Threatened...

May 22, 2017 12:28 pm
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Trump’s Saudi Arabia Speech a Good Start, But Action Must Follow

Donald Trump made Saudi Arabia the first stop on his first presidential trip abroad for a reason. His speech Sunday in Riyadh was a principal...

April 26, 2017 12:28 pm
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Don’t Blame Washington for North Korea’s Actions

In 1984, George Orwell crafted an iconic Party directive: “Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past.” If rewriting...

March 23, 2017 8:05 am
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What Trump Must Do on Foreign Policy

After a tumultuous start, President Trump now faces the hard work of resetting America's national security priorities. We confront a vast array of international threats and...

February 15, 2017 3:57 pm
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Netanyahu and Trump Must Confront Iran, Global Threats

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met today with President Donald Trump. While the two leaders had a full agenda to cover -- including international terrorism, the...

January 10, 2017 7:24 am
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Obama’s Unsmooth Transition

America's presidential transitions are critical to smoothly transferring power, but are simultaneously fraught with danger. Decisions by the departing president almost invariably affect the new...

Features

From Start-Up Nation to Ramp-Up Nation: Israel’s New Approach to Innovation

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World

Well-Known British White Supremacist Reveals His Homosexuality, Jewish Heri...

A well-known British white supremacist revealed in an interview aired by Channel 4 on Tuesday that he was gay and...

Israel

New Report Shows Hezbollah Used Prominent Bank in War-Ravaged DR Congo to F...

Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Shia terrorist group in Lebanon, has been using a bank with close ties to the president of...

Middle East

US ‘Helping Iran Conquer Kirkuk,’ Kurdish Military Official Tel...

A representative of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces told an Israeli media outlet on Tuesday that "all our friends have abandoned us" and blamed the...

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