April 11, 05

Vol. 20 , No. 11   


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A Conversalion with the Ambassador
L. PAUL BREMER, III
THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2005

Named Presidential Envoy to Iraq on May 6, 2003, Ambassador L. Paul Bremer, III, served for 14 months as the Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority and spearheaded the coalition in building the new framework of Iraq. He completed his mission on June 28, 2004, when he handed over power to the interim government of Iraq.

Ambassador Bremer is one of the world's leading experts on crisis management, terrorism and homeland security. In September 1999, the Speaker of the House of Representatives appointed him Chairman of the National Commission on Terrorism. In June 2002, President Bush appointed Ambassador Bremer to the President's Homeland Security Advisory Council. He also has served on the National Academy of Science Commission examining the role of science and technology in countering terrorism and chaired a Heritage Foundation study, "Defending the Homeland."

Prior to Iraq, Ambassador Bremer was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of a crisis management firm, Marsh Crisis Consulting Company. From 1989 to 2000, he was Managing Director of Kissinger Associates, a strategic consulting firm headed by former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger.

Ambassador Bremer received his B.A. from Yale University, a CEP from the Institut D'Etudes Politiques of the University of Paris, and an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. In December 2004, President Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, for his service in Iraq. For that service, Ambassador Bremer was also given the Department of Defense award for Distinguished Public Service. During his time in government, Ambassador Bremer received the State Department Superior Honor Award, two Presidential Meritorious Service Awards, and the Distinguished Honor Award from the Secretary of State. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and The Council on Foreign Relations.

Ambassador Bremer served as Special Assistant or Executive Assistant to six Secretaries of State, during his 23-year State Department career. His overseas assignments have included service at the Embassies in Afghanistan and Malawi and service as Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Norway. President Reagan named him as Ambassador to the Netherlands in 1983, were he served for three years. Ambassador Bremer also served as Executive Secretary of the State Department and was President Reagan's Ambassador at Large for Counter Terrorism.

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