Deputy Head of Section, Operations Division of International Staff, NATO HQ, Security and Peace-keeping
Mihai Carp is currently Deputy Head of Section in the Operations Division of the International Staff at NATO HQ in Brussels. Mr. Carp joined NATO in late 1997 as a speechwriter for the Secretary General, and has since 1999, focused primarily on Crisis Management Operations and political-military matters. He has dealt extensively with NATO operations in the Balkans, served as POLAD to COMKFOR in the spring and summer of 2000, and was a member of the NATO Crisis Management Teams in South Serbia and Macedonia in 2000 and 2001.
Between 2003 and 2010, Mr. Carp was the principal desk officer for Afghanistan in his section at NATO HQ and travelled frequently to Kabul where he oversaw the work of the Office of the NATO Senior Civilian Representative. Since 2010, Mr. Carp has dealt with all NATO operations, notably NATO's operation in Libya, Operation Unified Protector, maritime, and counter-piracy issues. More generally, he has extensive experience in developing strategies for post-conflict stabilization in a NATO context, from training initiatives to coordinating and interacting closely with other international organizations with a view to developing complementary approaches by the international community.
Prior to joining the NATO International Staff, Mihai Carp worked for the Department of State with assignments at U.S. Embassy Office Berlin (1991-94), Chisinau (1992), and Bucharest (1994-97). In the early 1990s, he also worked for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Munich, Germany, as a research analyst covering Romanian and Moldovan affairs. Over the years, Mr. Carp has authored numerous articles in RFE/RL Reports on Eastern Europe, Jane's Defence Weekly, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and NATO Review.
Mr. Carp completed his undergraduate degree at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in 1998, and received a Masters' Degree in Russian/Soviet government and politics from the London School of Economics in 1990. Mr. Carp is a native German and Romanian speaker, and fluent in French. He is married, with three children.