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Distinguished Speaker Series "Blueprints for a More Modern US Diplomatic Service: US-Turkey Relations" with Ambassador Marc Grossman

  • October 24, 2023
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Hall of Nations
  • 38


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The San Diego World Affairs Council presents the

Distinguished Speaker Series

Ambassador Marc Grossman


"Blueprints for a More Modern US Diplomatic Service: US-Turkey Relations & How Implementing 'Blueprints. Can Enhance Diplomatic Efforts"

About Ambassador Marc Grossman

US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (2011-2012)
Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (2001-2005)
Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs (1997-2000)
US Ambassador to Turkey (1994-1997)

Ambassador Grossman served as the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, the State Department's third ranking official, until his retirement in 2005, after 29 years in the US Foreign Service. As Under Secretary, he helped marshal diplomatic support for the international response to the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. He also managed US policies in the Balkans and Colombia and promoted a key expansion of the NATO alliance. As Assistant Secretary for European Affairs, he helped direct NATO's military campaign in Kosovo and an earlier round of NATO expansion. In Turkey, Ambassador Grossman encouraged vibrant US-Turkish political, military, and economic relations.

Ambassador Grossman was a Vice Chairman of The Cohen Group from July 2005 to February 2011.

In February 2011, President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton called Ambassador Grossman back to service as the US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Ambassador Grossman promoted the international effort to support Afghanistan by shaping major international meetings in Istanbul, Bonn, Chicago and Tokyo. He provided US backing for an Afghan peace process designed to end thirty years of conflict and played an important part in managing US relations with Pakistan. Ambassador Grossman returned to The Cohen Group in February 2013.

Ambassador Grossman is the Chairman of the Board of the Senior Living Foundation of the Foreign Service. He also serves as a Trustee of the University of California Santa Barbara Foundation and is a member of the Board of the C&O Canal Trust.

Raised in Los Angeles, California, Ambassador Grossman has a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an M.Sc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Event is underwritten by The American Academy of Diplomacy, Arizona State University Leadership, Diplomacy, and National Security Lab, and the Una Chapman Cox Foundation.


Mailing Address

San Diego World Affairs Council (SDWAC)

PO Box 34010

San Diego, CA 92163


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