Alexander Alden serves as Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations.
Previously, as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Europe and Eurasian Affairs, he was responsible for strengthening U.S. – EU relations and for countering Chinese regional influence. Alden also served at the National Security Council as senior director for emerging technologies and as director for defense policy and strategy. He also served as special assistant for policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Outside of government service, Alden was the national security editor for American Affairs, senior fellow at the Center for the National Interest, and project director at the Center for Naval Analyses. In private consulting, he worked as managing director of the Rimland Strategies Group and manager of analysis at the Avascent Group.
Alden has an M.A. in political science from the Johns Hopkins University where he pursued doctoral research and taught courses on international relations. His B.A. is in political science and philosophy from Southern Illinois University. He speaks Italian, Serbian, Croatian, and Bosnian.