Jonathan Davidson, Chair

Jonathan Davidson, Chair Back to Board Former Senior Advisor, European Union Delegation of the European Commission

Mr. Davidson is an international consultant, adjunct Professor at The Johns Hopkins University and The American University, Chair of the Board of Directors of Partners for Democratic Change, and Member of the Board of Directors of the Council for a Community of Democracies.
From 1991-2006 Davidson was Head of Academic affairs and later Senior Adviser for Political and Academic Affairs at the European Commission Delegation in Washington DC. In the foreign policy area, his responsibilities included representing EU policy to the U.S. Administration and the non governmental foreign policy community, and reporting to EU headquarters on foreign policy and security developments in the U.S. Issue areas included security policy, Central and Eastern Europe, Southeastern Europe, the Middle East, and Eurasia. In the academic area his responsibilities included liaison with universities in the United States, supporting the study and teaching of European Union affairs, including establishing a network of EU Centers, financially supporting EU and transatlantic policy studies in think tanks and public policy institutes, and organizing information networks to promote understanding of the European Union. He ran international videoconferences on European Union affairs and EU US relations.
He delivered numerous public presentations (about 2-3 per month on average) to think tanks, universities and public forums around the U.S., on subjects including a wide range of EU institutional and policy issues, EU constitutional developments, EU enlargement, and EU relations with the U.S., the Western Balkans, Turkey/Cyprus, the Black Sea Region, and the Middle East.
Davidson represented the University of South Carolina (USC) in Washington from 1981 to 1991, as Director of the USC Washington Office; Special Assistant to the President for International Programs; and Visiting Professor. He organized international conferences for the University, including a series of workshops and videoconferences on the European Community, and lectured on European Community topics. He was responsible for federal relations and represented USC in national higher education and research organizations.
Davidson served in the British Diplomatic Service from 1963 1981 in London, India, Thailand, Senegal and the United States. At the British Embassy in Washington he was responsible for congressional relations and U.S. political affairs (1975-79), and was head of information and press relations (1979-81).
Davidson obtained his M.A. degree in history, from Cambridge University, U.K., in 1965.