Dr. Daniel N. Nelson

Alexandria, Virginia
United States

Focus Areas

Economic Security
Trade / Foreign Policy
Higher Education
Conflict Resolution


Daniel N. Nelson (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins) is President and CEO of Global Concepts & Communications, LLC, an international consulting firm based in Alexandria, Virginia and Senior Fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation in Washington, DC. From 2002-2006, he was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of New Haven. From 1998 through mid-2002, he served in the U.S. Departments of State and Defense – during 1998 in the Arms Control & Disarmament Agency as the William Foster Fellow working on conventional arms negotiations and, in 1999, as Scholar in Residence at the National Defense University’s National Security Education Program. Then, from January 2000 through July 2002, Nelson directed the curriculum in Civil-Military Relations at the George C. Marshall Center for European Security Studies in Garmisch, Germany. From 1996 through 2003, Nelson was also Editor-in-Chief of International Politics, a scholarly journal published quarterly by Palgrave Macmillan. For Global Concepts, Inc., an international consulting firm in Alexandria, Virginia, Nelson was CEO from the firm’s incorporation in 1992 until he re-entered government in 1998. From 1992-1999, he was founding Director and Full Professor in the Graduate Programs in International Studies at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA (USA). Nelson served as a foreign policy consultant for Senator Tom Harkin in his presidential campaign of 1992 and has provided policy assistance to Democratic candidates in US Senate and House of Representatives campaigns. Earlier, he had been the Senior Foreign Policy Advisor on Capitol Hill for Richard Gephardt (D-Mo) when he was the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment, and Professor of Political Science at the University of Kentucky. He also taught at Georgetown University, The Johns Hopkins University’s School for Advanced International Studies, and the George Washington University while in the federal government. Nelson has written six books, and edited or co-edited twenty other volumes. He is co-chair of the Progressive Foreign & Defense Policy Discussion Group, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute of Strategic Studies, the Atlantic Council of the U.S., other scholarly and professional associations, and serves on boards of the Austrian Institute on International Affairs, the British-American Security Information Council, the Institute for New Democracies, Sofia University’s Center for Security Studies, and other NGOs.