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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


February 1, 2018 12:22 pm
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Trump’s State of the Union: Right on Foreign Policy

President Trump’s first State of the Union address was not heavy on national security issues. It did, however, make one critical point: In reviewing the...

January 25, 2018 2:39 pm
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Mike Pence in the Middle East

Vice President Mike Pence’s trip to Egypt, Jordan and Israel exemplifies how much the Trump administration has changed America’s Middle East policy in its first...

December 29, 2017 10:07 am
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Threats of 2017 — Mideast, Terror, Weapons — Will Linger in the New Year

Domestically and internationally, President Donald Trump finished 2017 in dramatic fashion. Obtaining the most sweeping tax cuts in 30-plus years (and repealing Obamacare’s most philosophically...

December 12, 2017 12:44 pm
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Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration Was Long Overdue

President Trump's announcement on Wednesday that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital was both correct and prudent from America's perspective. Much more remains...

November 16, 2017 12:21 pm
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America’s North Korea Decision Hinges on Trump’s Success in Asia

Substantively, President Trump’s Asia trip made important progress against North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. For now, however, in this long counter-proliferation struggle,...

November 14, 2017 3:10 pm
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Lebanon’s Fall Would Be Iran’s Gain

Almost unnoticed in the coverage of President Trump's Asia trip, Lebanon is slipping under Iran's control. On November 3, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, a...

November 13, 2017 10:56 am
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Trump Must Move the Israeli Embassy — Now

Whether to move America’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has long been a subject of political debate in the US and abroad. It’s...

October 24, 2017 2:01 pm
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Thanks to Obama, Iran Leads America in the Middle East

The fall of Raqqa, capital of the Islamic State’s “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq, is unarguably an important politico-military milestone, albeit long overdue. Nonetheless, ISIS,...

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...

Culture

A Wartime Tragedy Resurfaces in Berlinale Refugee Study

Decades after he won a Silver Bear prize for a pioneering film about the fate of Jews fleeing Nazi Germany,...

Features

Holding Out an Olive Branch? US Lawmakers Speak Out After Being Detained on the Temple Mount

JNS.org - US Representatives Scott Tipton (R-Colo.) and David B. McKinley (R-W.Va.) no doubt...

First Aid Under Fire: Israeli Officer Details Medical Challenges at Gaza Border

JNS.org - In emergency care during combat, every minute can make the difference between life...

Jewish Groups Call for Gun Control After Florida Shooting

JNS.org - Major American Jewish organizations are calling for stricter gun-control laws in the wake of the February 14 mass school...

World

US Expected to Open Embassy in Jerusalem in May, Official Says

The United States is expected to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May, an American official told Reuters on Friday. President Donald Trump announced in December...

Israel

Israeli Military: Teargas May Have Caused Palestinian’s Death in Cust...

The Israeli military said on Friday that initial findings of an investigation into the death of a man that Palestinians say...

Middle East

Saudi Journalist: Ditch Mosque Microphones and Reduce Number of Mosques

JNS.org - Saudi journalist Mohamed Al-Suhaimi said he was in favor of silencing microphones in mosques, saying that the “terrifying” sound of the adhan call to prayer “coming from all directions”...

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