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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 14, 2016 6:46 am

What the UN’s New Leader Needs to Know

Surprisingly to many, the ninth United Nations secretary-general will be António Guterres, a former socialist prime minister of Portugal. One surprise is that the winning candidate...

October 2, 2016 6:26 am

Why ‘Brexit’ Will Strengthen NATO and the West

Three months after the Brexit vote, it’s time for the UK’s leaders to “get this country moving again,” as JFK once exhorted Americans. Or “make...

September 30, 2016 6:56 am

Donald Trump and NATO

France and Germany are once more considering steps to invest the European Union with real military capabilities. Although similar ideas have often been advanced before,...

September 13, 2016 5:31 am

North Korea: Another Obama Failure

North Korea’s fifth nuclear test signals continuing progress and sophistication in its decades-long effort to possess deliverable nuclear weapons. Moreover, both US and South Korean...

September 12, 2016 4:01 am

Barack Obama and the Lessons of 9/11

Al Qaeda's barbaric attacks on the United States 15 years ago caused a profound change in the way most Americans think about terrorism. Before September 11, 2001,...

August 17, 2016 6:19 am

Putin Rolls Over Obama — and Everyone Else

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent meeting with Vladimir Putin in Moscow demonstrated clearly America’s deteriorating position in both Europe and the Middle East. Following...

August 16, 2016 6:06 am

Dismantling the Iran Nuclear Deal

Barack Obama's cash transfer to Iran of $400 million to trigger the release of four American hostages highlights yet again the strategic errors infecting his...

July 12, 2016 6:37 am

Lessons Already Learned From Brexit

The United Kingdom's revolutionary decision to leave the European Union stunned pollsters, financial markets, European and American political commentators and even London's bookies. Indeed, the...

July 7, 2016 6:09 am

On Saddam Hussein, Donald Trump Is Dead Wrong

Given its length, the Chilcot report will address many subjects. One that will likely receive minimal attention will be the actual overthrow of Saddam Hussein’s...

June 28, 2016 12:51 am

Americans Should Applaud the Brexit Vote

We Americans have a profound interest in helping ensure the success of ­Brexit, the June 23 decision by British voters to leave the European Union....

June 27, 2016 1:37 am

Why ‘Brexit’ Was a True Populist Revolt

Britain’s vote to leave the European Union has stunned political leaders, financial markets, and all those holding the theological view that EU-style governance is the...

June 15, 2016 6:42 am

Two Critical Lessons From the Terror Attacks in Orlando

Sunday brought the latest terrorist attack in America, the largest mass shooting in US history, with all its attendant tragedy. Words cannot adequately describe the horror that...


10 Things That Happen During the Holidays — Only in Israel

1. Everyone wishes you a happy new year, easy fast and happy holiday -- just as they do for Christmas in...

Israel Advocate Wants to Change Views About Jewish State, One Tattoo at a Time

“Low-brow” art forms can be a powerful advocacy tool, the head of a...


Palestinian-British Author Who Took Part in Controversial House of Lords Ev...

Israel is responsible for global antisemitism, a Palestinian-British writer and filmmaker told The Algemeiner, on the heels of a House of Lords event...


Shimon Peres’ Tombstone Unveiled; Netanyahu Announces Nuclear Facilit...

Israel marked 30 days since the death of former President Shimon Peres with a traditional Jewish 30 day memorial ceremony...

Middle East

UN: ISIS Using Hostages as Human Shields in Mosul

Islamic State fighters have taken “tens of thousands” of men, women and children hostage in the city of Mosul, and executed at least 232 people on Wednesday, according to the...