Alexander Vindman

2022 Ted Sorensen Awardee

Ret. Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman
Former Director for European Affairs for the United States National Security Council

Alexander Vindman, a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel, was most recently the director for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Russia on the White House’s National Security Council. Previously, he served as the Political-Military Affairs Officer for Russia for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and as an attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia. While on the Joint Staff, he co-authored the National Military Strategy Russia Annex and was the principal author for the Global Campaign for Russia. He is currently a doctoral student and senior fellow for the Foreign Policy Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Pritzker Military Fellow at the Lawfare Institute, executive board member for the Renew Democracy Initiative, senior advisor for VoteVets, and the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Here, Right Matters



The Ted Sorensen Award honors an emerging leader who exemplifies the values of Ted Sorensen and Network 20/20:

  • Passion for sound global engagement,

  • Dedication to the public good, and

  • The ability to put words to one’s aims.

We are delighted to give this honor in 2022 to Ret. Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, former Director for European Affairs for the United States National Security Council.

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