Sven F. Kraemer

Distinguished Fellow in National Security Affairs

Areas Of Expertise

  • Arms Control and Proliferation
  • U.S. National Security Strategy

Sven F. Kraemer is Distinguished Fellow in National Security Affairs at the American Foreign Policy Council. Born in England and a graduate of Phillips Academy Andover, Harvard (B.A. cum laude) and the University of California, Berkeley (M.A.), he served in the U.S. government as a member of the U.S. Civil Service for twenty-five years – over fifteen of those on the staff of the National Security Council (NSC) in the White House with four presidents (Johnson, Nixon, Ford and Reagan) and ten National Security Advisors.

During Reagan’s presidency he was NSC Director of Arms Control (1981-1987). He also served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the administrations of presidents Kennedy and G.W. Bush and in senior staff positions in the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives, and several Washington D.C. policy institutes. For over a decade, he taught a graduate seminar in U.S. national security strategy, emerging threats, and arms control. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, and has written numerous articles on issues of national security strategy, foreign and defense policy, and arms control. In September 2015, he published Inside the Cold War: From Marx to Reagan in print and on an accompanying website with the referenced documents – an unprecedented guide to the roots, history, strategies, and key documents of the Cold War.