Alexander Alden serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. He oversees the Office of European Union and Regional Affairs and the Office of Policy and Global Issues. In this capacity, he is responsible for strengthening U.S.-EU relations and for coordinating efforts to counter Chinese regional influence.
Previously Alden served at the National Security Council as senior director for emerging technologies and as director for defense policy and strategy. He also served as policy special assistant 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.