Rose Gottemoeller

Rose Gottemoeller
Deputy Secretary General of NATO
Assumed office
October 17, 2016
Preceded by Alexander Vershbow
Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs
In office
February 7, 2012
Acting: February 7, 2012 – March 7, 2014  October 6, 2016
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Ellen Tauscher
Succeeded by Thomas M. Countryman (Acting)
Assistant Secretary of State for Verification, Compliance, and Implementation
In office
April 6, 2009  March 6, 2014
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Paula DeSutter
Succeeded by Frank Rose
Personal details
Born (1953-03-24) March 24, 1953
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Alma mater Georgetown University
George Washington University

Rose Eilene Gottemoeller (born March 24, 1953) 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.


Gottemoeller received a B.S. from Georgetown University, and an M.A. from The George Washington University. She is fluent in Russian.[1]


United States career

Gottemoeller was confirmed as Under Secretary of State by the U.S. Senate on March 6, 2014. Prior to her confirmation, she had served as the Acting Under Secretary of State in the same capacity since February 7, 2012,[2] in addition to her role as the United States Department of State's Assistant Secretary for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance, which she held since April 6, 2009.[3] She was the chief negotiator of the follow on for the Strategic Arms Reductions Treaty otherwise known as the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the Russian Federation (in Russia, the treaty is known as START III).[4][5][6] Since 2000, she had been with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.[6]

Before returning to government, she 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. While with Carnegie, Gottemoeller led consultative Track II meetings with Russian nuclear experts. She also served as the director of the Carnegie Moscow Center from January 2006 to December 2008.[1]

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.[1]

Prior to her work at the Department of Energy, 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,[7] herself being only the second US ambassador to attend the annual memorial. Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe at the memorial, with representatives of 100 countries in attendance, reiterated Japanese policy in favor of the abolition of nuclear weapons. Japan also had hoped for US president Barack Obama to attend the memorial and has a standing call for the US to apologize for the bombings.[8]


Gottemoeller became the first female Deputy Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on October 17, 2016.[9]


  1. 1 2 3 "Biography: Rose Gottemoeller". US Department of State. Retrieved 2011-01-29.
  2. "Gottemoeller, Rose Eilene". Retrieved 2015-03-13.
  3. Bowron, Gottemoeller, and Michaels nominations: hearing before the Committee ... - United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources - Google Books. Retrieved 2015-03-13 via Google Books.
  4. "Rose Gottemoeller Confirmed as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Verification and Compliance". Retrieved 2015-03-13.
  5. "President Obama Announces Key State Department Appointment". The White House Office of the Press Secretary. 17 March 2009. Retrieved 2011-01-29.
  6. 1 2 "Rose Gottemoeller Nominated as Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. 18 March 2009. Retrieved 2011-01-29.
  7. Hungo, Jun, "Japan Remembers Hiroshima Bombing With Call to Abolish Nuclear Arms", Wall Street Journal, August 5, 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-06.
  8. Soble, Jonathan, "Hiroshima Commemorates 70th Anniversary of Atomic Bombing", New York Times, August 6, 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-06.
  9. "NATO Secretary General appoints Rose Gottemoeller as next Deputy Secretary General". 2016-06-27. Retrieved 2016-11-11.

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Preceded by
Paula DeSutter
Assistant Secretary of State for Verification, Compliance, and Implementation
Succeeded by
Frank Rose
Preceded by
Ellen Tauscher
Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs
Acting: 2012–2014
Succeeded by
Thomas M. Countryman (Acting)
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