Nebraska Authors

Derek H. Chollet

Born 1970 Urbana, IL (USA)

Places Lived

Urbana, IL
Hockessin, DE
Lincoln, NE
Ithaca, NY
Washington, D.C.

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Politic; History; Public Policy


High School Diploma, 1989, Lincoln Southeast High School, Lincoln, NE
Bachelor's Degree, 1993, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Graduate Studies, Columbia University, New York, NY


Career Government Official and Diplomat
U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs
Counselor and Senior Advisor for Security and Defense Policy at The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Adjunct Professor
Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at Columbia University’s Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies

Places Worked

Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security under President Obama
The German Marshall Fund of the United States
George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.


Department of Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service
State Department Superior Honor Award
Latvia Minister of Defense Medal of Honorary Recognition
Lithuania Minister of Defense Medal of Merit


Center for a New American Security, Fellow
Center for Strategic and International Studies


The Road to the Dayton Accords. 2005.
America Between the Wars. 2008.
The Unquiet American: Richard Holbrooke in the World. 2011.
The Long Game: How Obama Defied Washington and Redefined America's Role in the World. 2016.

Contributing Editor, Foreign Policy Magazine

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