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NATO ambassador to lead Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Ivo Daalder US Ambassador NATO was hsing seventh inning stretch watch game as Chicago White Sox defeated Chicago Cubs 7-4

Ivo Daalder, US Ambassador to NATO, was on hand to sing the seventh inning stretch and watch the game as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Chicago Cubs 7-4 Saturday May 19, 2012 at Wrigley Field. | TOM CRUZE~Sun-Times

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Updated: March 15, 2013 1:22PM

U.S. Ambassador to NATO and national security expert Ivo Daalder will become president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs July 1, succeeding Marshall Bouton, the council said Wednesday.

Lester Crown, chairman of the council, made the announcement following a meeting of the council’s board of directors.

“We are delighted that Ambassador Daalder has accepted our offer to become the Chicago council’s next president, and we look forward to his arrival in Chicago this summer,” Crown said in a statement. “As a thought leader, policy practitioner and visionary, Ivo is a great match for the Council. He shares the board’s objective of increasing the Chicago Council’s stature as a foremost center of influence on opinion and policy on global affairs.”

Daalder was appointed U.S. ambassador to NATO by President Barack Obama in May 2009. During his four-year tenure, he helped prepare Obama and his administration for two summit meetings, including the May 2012 NATO summit in Chicago. He was deeply involved in negotiating NATO’s New Strategic Concept in 2010 and in deliberations surrounding NATO’s successful intervention in Libya in 2011, the council noted.

Daalder previously served as director for European affairs on President Bill Clinton’s National Security Council staff from 1995 to 1997, where he was responsible for coordinating U.S. policy toward Bosnia. Before being appointed to his current position, he was a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution, specializing in American foreign policy, European security and trans-Atlantic relations and national security affairs.

“I am excited by the opportunity to lead the Chicago council,” Daalder said in a statement, lauding the council’s role as the city’s forum for world affairs.

He stated he looks forward to building on the successes achieved under Bouton’s leadership.

“My experience as NATO ambassador has reinforced the importance of organizations such as the Chicago Council,” Daalder added. “This is precisely the position I had hoped to find at this point in my career. Working closely with the board, I am confident we can further increase the intellectual capital and the local, national and international visibility of the Chicago Council.”

Bouton announced last June his intention to step down this year and said he planned to move back home to Massachusetts to spend more time with his family and pursue other interests.

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