Michael Rühle, born 1959 in Stuttgart, Germany, is currently Head, Energy Security Section, in the Emerging Security Challenges Division in NATO’s International Staff. Previously he was Head, Speechwriting, and Senior Political Advisor in the NATO Secretary General’s Policy Planning Unit. Before joining NATO's International Staff in 1991, Mr. Rühle has been a Volkswagen-Fellow at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Sankt Augustin, Germany, and a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington, D.C. He holds an M.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Bonn. Mr. Rühle has published widely on international security issues in, among others, American Foreign Policy Interests, Comparative Strategy, European Security, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Russia in Global Affairs, International Affairs (Chatham House), International Herald Tribune, The Journal of Transatlantic Studies, NATO Review, Parameters, Strategic Review, and The World Today. He has also co-authored a book on missile defence. His essay “Good and Bad Nuclear Weapons” was published in March 2009 in both German and English.