Kyiv Security Forum


Deputy Secretary General, NATO

Rose Eilene Gottemoeller is an American diplomat who is the current Deputy Secretary General of NATO, serving under Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. She formerly served in her own country as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security at the U.S. State Department.

Before returning to government, Ms. Gottemoeller was a senior associate in the Carnegie Russia & Eurasia Program in Washington, D.C., where she worked on U.S.–Russian relations and nuclear security and stability. She also served as the director of the Carnegie Moscow Center from January 2006 to December 2008.

Ms. Gottemoeller was formerly the Deputy Under Secretary of Energy for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation at the U.S Department of Energy. She had previously held the post of Assistant Secretary for Nonproliferation and National Security, also at the Department of Energy (DOE). At DOE, Gottemoeller was responsible for all nonproliferation cooperation with Russia and the Newly Independent States. She first joined the Department of Energy in November 1997 as director of the Office of Nonproliferation and National Security.

Prior to her work at the Department of Energy, Ms. Gottemoeller served for three years as Deputy Director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. From 1993 to 1994, she served on the National Security Council in the White House as director for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia Affairs, with responsibility for denuclearization in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Belarus. Previously, she was a social scientist at RAND and a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow. She has taught Soviet military policy and Russian security at Georgetown University.

On August 6, 2015, Gottemoeller became the first senior American official to attend the memorial of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan by the United States in World War II. It marked the 70th anniversary of the bombing and Gottemoeller was accompanied by US ambassador Caroline Kennedy, herself being only the second US ambassador to attend the annual memorial.

Ms. Gottemoeller received a B.S. from Georgetown University, and an M.A. from The George Washington University. She is fluent in Russian.