Stanley R. Sloan

Stan Sloan, one of America’s top experts on transatlantic relations, is the founding Director of the Atlantic Community Initiative ( and a Visiting Scholar in Political Science at Middlebury College. In October 2015 he was appointed a non-resident Senior Fellow with the Scowcroft Center’s Transatlantic Security Initiative at the Atlantic Council of the United States. He is also an Associate Fellow at the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy and was named an Honorary Ançien of the NATO College in 2005, where he has lectured regularly on the transatlantic link for three decades.

During the Middlebury College Winter Terms 2005-2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019, he taught courses on “Euro-Atlantic Relations,” and, in January 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018, presented courses on “American Power.”

In September 2018, Stan testified at the invitation of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee at the committee’s hearing on NATO’s value to the United States. In November, he presented before the Political Committee of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly on the challenges confronting transatlantic relations.

His latest book titled Transatlantic Traumas: Has illiberalism brought the West to the brink of collapse?was published in February 2018 by the Manchester University Press, which also published his Defense of the West:  NATO, the European Union and the Transatlantic Bargain in 2016. He is currently working on a new edition of Defense of the West, which is scheduled for publication early in 2020.

Stan was educated at the University of Maine (BA), Columbia University’s School of International Affairs (MIA), and American University’s School of International Service (abd PhD).  He is a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force Officers’ Training School and served as a commissioned intelligence officer in the United States Air Force. He began his more than three decades of public service at the Central Intelligence Agency in 1967, serving as NATO and European Community desk officer, member of the U.S. Delegation to the Negotiations on Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions, and as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Western Europe.

Stan was employed by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) of the Library of Congress in a variety of analytical and research management positions from 1975-1999, including head of the Office of Senior Specialists.  During 1997-98, at the request of the late Senator William Roth, Stan served as rapporteur for the North Atlantic Assembly (now NATO Parliamentary Assembly) special presidential report on “NATO in the 21stCentury.”  In April 1999, Stan retired from his position as the CRS Senior Specialist in International Security Policy and returned to his home state of Vermont to continue writing, lecturing and teaching.

His recent publications include:

  • “Permanent Alliance of Passing Fancy” (Atlantic Perspective, May 1, 2019);
  • “Trump and NATO: Historic Alliance Meets A-historic President,” chapter in Chaos in the Liberal Order(Columbia University Press, 2018);
  • “Can the West be saved?” (New Atlanticist, March 6, 2018);
  • “NATO’s Ever-Evolving Identity,” chapter in Moore, Rebecca R and Coletta, Damon, NATO’s Return to Europe” (Georgetown University Press, 2017);
  • “Donald Trump and NATO: Historic Alliance Meets Ahistoric President.” (The International Security Studies Forum, June 8, 2017);
  • “Transatlantic relations in the wake of Trump’s turbulence.” (Atlantic Perspective, June 2017);
  • “A Message to Europe: Let’s Stick Together,” (New Atlanticist, March 21, 2017);
  • “Don’t Expect a New NATO Strategic Concept Any Time Soon,” (New Atlanticist, February 24, 2017);
  • “Transatlantic Relations in 2017,” (Diplomatic Courier, January 29, 2017);
  • “Defense of the West” (, November 18, 2016);
  • “The Trump Administration between NATO, Putin and Western Values” (, November 16, 2016);
  • “Was de Gaulle right on Britain’s role in Europe” (New Atlanticist, August 9, 2016);
  • “Rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic? NATO’s Warsaw Summit” (Atlantic Perspective, August 1, 2016);
  • “Step on the Gas: Montenegro’s Road to NATO Membership” (, June 21, 2016).