Jim Townsend

Adjunct Senior Fellow
Center for a New American Security

Jim Townsend is an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, where he co-leads the Transatlantic Security Program with Julie Smith. He is the co-host with Julie of the podcast “Brussels Sprouts” which is a weekly interview program featuring leaders in the transatlantic security community. Jim also writes the weekly transatlantic news feature “The Dish”. Their program has become the crossing point for Europeans and Americans who want to know more about the transatlantic community—how it works, the institutions that underpin it, and how to do business in the community. Before going to CNAS, Jim spent eight years as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy. That assignment completed more than 34 years of work primarily on European and NATO policy in the Pentagon, at NATO and at the Atlantic Council. His work spanned the Cold War, post-Cold War political reconstruction in Europe and Europe's new challenges including Russia and terrorism

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