Ambassador Marc Grossman Named Kissinger Senior Fellow
January 17, 2013
The Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy is pleased to announce that Ambassador Marc Grossman, who recently relinquished his responsibilities as the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, will serve as a Kissinger Senior Fellow at Yale. Ambassador Grossman will interact with students during three visits to the Yale campus this spring, and then teach a course at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs next fall. Ambassador Grossman is a Vice Chairman of The Cohen Group, a global business consulting firm in Washington, D.C, headed by former Secretary of Defense William Cohen.
The Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy is a program of the Jackson Institute in collaboration with International Security Studies and the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy. The Center brings prominent statesmen and academics to campus as Kissinger Senior Fellows and Kissinger Visiting Scholars, as well as hosts an annual conference and a variety of other events relating to international affairs. The Johnson Center was made possible by former Secretary of State Dr. Henry A. Kissinger’s recent donation of his papers to Yale and a gift from Charles B. Johnson ’54 and Nicholas F. Brady ’52.
“I am honored to serve as a Kissinger Senior Fellow and to teach at Yale,” said Ambassador Grossman. “I look forward to contributing to Yale’s terrific programs and working with Yale’s remarkable students.”
“I am delighted that Ambassador Marc Grossman will serve as a Kissinger Senior Fellow,” said Professor James Levinsohn, the Jackson Institute’s Director. “Marc’s extraordinary diplomatic career will serve as a powerful inspiration for our students, who will benefit immensely from his foreign policy expertise.”
“Marc Grossman is an outstanding diplomat and one of the very best that the U.S. Foreign Service has to offer,” remarked Dr. Kissinger. “It is wonderful that Ambassador Grossman will teach at Yale following his distinguished career in service to the United States.”
“Ambassador Grossman’s life experience will be invaluable to the Yale community,” said Professor John Gaddis, Director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy. “This is just one example of how the Johnson Center can dramatically expand Yale’s teaching of statecraft and diplomacy.”
Ambassador Grossman served for nearly twenty-nine years as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, beginning with his first assignment as a Junior Officer in Pakistan, where he served from 1977 to 1979, and ending as the Department’s third ranking official, the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, a position he held from 2001 to 2005.
Following his retirement from the U.S. Department of State in 2005, Ambassador Grossman was a Vice Chairman of the Cohen Group before being called back into service by Secretary of State Clinton as Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2011. As Special Representative, Ambassador Grossman shaped and supported American diplomatic, military, and economic policy towards these critical countries across the entire U.S. Government and with allies, friends, and partners around the world.
During his Foreign Service career, Ambassador Grossman served as the Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources from 2000 to 2001 and as Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs from 1997 to 2000. He was the U.S. Ambassador to Turkey from 1994 to 1997, and previously served there as the embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission from 1989 to 1992.
Ambassador Grossman was the Executive Secretary of the State Department and Special Assistant to the Secretary of State from 1993 to 1994. He also served as the Deputy Director of the Private Office of Lord Carrington, the NATO Secretary-General, from 1983 to 1986.
A native of Los Angeles, California, Ambassador Grossman graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and later received an MSc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. From 2006 to 2010, he was a Professorial Lecturer at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.
As a result of his outstanding service to his country, Ambassador Grossman is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. He attained the Foreign Service’s highest rank in 2004, when the President appointed him to the rank of Career Ambassador; he received the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award the following year.
The Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, which houses the Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy, is a centerpiece of Yale’s efforts to internationalize its teaching curriculum, to attract the most talented students and scholars to Yale from around the world, and to deepen the University’s engagement abroad. Established in April 2009 with a gift from John W. and Susan G. Jackson, the Institute administers Yale’s International Relations Master’s program as well as the Global Affairs undergraduate major. The Jackson Institute also provides career counseling and placement assistance to students wishing to pursue a career in public service.
CONTACT: Ted Wittenstein, Johnson Center for the Study of American Diplomacy, 203-436-5946