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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


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...

November 15, 2016 7:49 am
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Foreign Policy Priorities for Trump in the Wake of Obama’s Abysmal Failures

President-elect Donald Trump has just over two months to get his administration's key personnel and top policy priorities in place before Inauguration Day, Jan. 20,...

October 14, 2016 6:46 am
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...

Culture

In Beit Shemesh, American-Israeli Baseball Fans Will Get Their Field of Dreams

JNS.org - On an unseasonably warm Friday in early January, the tune of “Take...

10 Things to Know About Israel’s Tourism Sector

JNS.org - Some 2.9 million people visited Israel last year, a 3.6 percent increase from 2015. Earlier this week, Israel’s Ministry of Tourism...

Features

What Will Trump’s Presidency Mean for US Ties With Israel’s Peaceful Arab Neighbors?

JNS.org - The upcoming Donald Trump presidency likely means a sharp break...

Israel’s German-Made Submarines Engulfed by Controversy, Shrouded in Secrecy

JNS.org - Silently cruising in the depths of the seas, the Israeli Navy’s growing...

IDF Welcomes Soldier With Cerebral Palsy

JNS.org -- The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has welcomed its newest member, a soldier with cerebral palsy, as part of the military’s...

World

‘This Man Is a Spite Machine’; Obama Blasted on Social Media fo...

Outgoing President Barack Obama’s choice on Tuesday of top aide Ben Rhodes to serve on the US Holocaust Memorial Council...

Israel

In Parting Words to Outgoing US Ambassador, Israeli President Calls Disagre...

JNS.org -- In his farewell to the departing American ambassador, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said the Jewish state and the US have...

Middle East

Iranian President Calls Trump’s Vow to Rip Up Nuclear Deal ‘Empty Talk...

JNS.org -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that US President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to dismantle the nuclear deal between Iran and world...

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