A. Wess Mitchell announced his resignation as assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, effective Feb. 15. Mitchell, who oversees U.S relations with countries in Europe and the Caucasus as well as with NATO and the European Union, said in his resignation letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that “I feel that I have completed what I set out to do in taking this position.”
Mitchell served as president and CEO of the Center for European Policy Analysis, a foreign-affairs think tank focused on Central and Eastern Europe that he co-founded in 2005, until he was confirmed as assistant secretary in 2017.
He holds a B.A. in History from Texas Tech University, an M.A. from the Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Otto Suhr Institut für Politikwissenschaft at Freie Universität in Berlin.