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Marc Grossman

Marc Grossman



Marc Grossman is the former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2001-05. In this capacity he served as the department's day-to-day manager of overall regional and bilateral policy issues, and was responsible for integrating political, economic, global, and security issues into the United States' bilateral relationships. Following the September 11, 2001 attacks, he helped marshal international diplomatic support for the global war on terrorism and for the military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq. A career foreign service officer from 1976 to his retirement in 2005, Grossman served as U.S. Ambassador to Turkey and political officer at the U.S. Mission to NATO and Islamabad. Grossman also served as the director general of the Foreign Service and director of Human Resources from 2000 to 2001. There, he revamped the State Departmentís human resource strategies, including the departmentís strategies for training, assigning, and retaining personnel both at home and abroad.

Marc Grossman was a non-resident fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Grossman has held a series of seminars with Kennedy School graduate students on Middle East Peace negotiations, including negotiation simulations.



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September, 2014

"A Diplomacy for the 21st Century: Back to the Future?"

Journal Article, Foreign Service Journal, September 2014

By Marc Grossman

Marc Grossman, the former U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, explores an evolving concept of diplomacy to meet the kaleidoscope of opportunities and challenges America faces.



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May 12, 2014

Talking to the Taliban


By Marc Grossman

Ambassador Marc Grossman writes about his experience negotiating with the Taliban from 2010-2011.



November 15, 2010

Speaking Out: Defining the Ideal Diplomat

Magazine or Newspaper Article

By Marc Grossman

Future of Diplomacy Project Senior Fellow Marc Grossman discusses how to define the ideal diplomat in this publication for the Foreign Service Journal.



October 21, 2010

Triple Crown 2010: Can the Transatlantic Alliance be Strategic?


By Marc Grossman

Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs and Atlantic Council Board Director Marc Grossman encourages the Obama Administration to view the bureaucratic challenge of managing the upcoming NATO, U.S.-EU and OSCE summits as an opportunity to create a more coherent, strategic transatlantic relationship that maximizes the capabilities of all three organizations.

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