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Jon Greenwald

Jon Greenwald is Secretary of the IFIT Board of Directors. He served 30 years as a senior U.S. diplomat, focusing on East-West matters, the Middle East, counter-terrorism, the European Union and international law. Upon leaving government, he coordinated foreign policy issues for the 2000 U.S. presidential campaign of Senator Bill Bradley and from 2001 to May 2017 was Vice President in charge of research for the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, widely regarded as the world’s leading conflict prevention and conflict resolution non-governmental organisation. 

Greenwald has taught diplomacy at Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisconsin), served as the U.S. State Department’s nominee on the panel that completed adjudication of 21,000 Holocaust-era claims in 2017 for Austria’s National Fund for the Victims of National Socialism; authored Berlin Witness: An American Diplomat’s Chronicle of East Germany’s Revolution (a memoir of his time at the U.S. embassy as the Berlin Wall fell that the Penn State University Press published in 1993); and contributed articles to journals and newspapers such as the Financial Times and Los Angeles Times. He presently directs and funds an initiative to bring young Israelis and Palestinians to study together at leading university preparatory schools. In January 2022, President Biden appointed Greenwald as a Commissioner on the U.S. Commission for Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad.

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