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Daniel Fried

Weiser Family Distinguished Fellow at the Atlantic Council

Ambassador Dan Fried is a retired US Diplomat, Weiser Family Distinguished Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and a member of the Board of Directors at the National Endowment for Democracy. In the course of his forty-year Foreign Service career, Amb Fried played a key role in designing and implementing American policy in Europe after the fall of the Soviet Union. As Special Assistant and NSC Senior Director for Presidents Clinton and Bush, Ambassador to Poland, and Assistant Secretary of State for Europe (2005-09), Amb Fried helped craft the policy of NATO enlargement to Central European nations and NATO-Russia relations. Amb Fried helped lead the west’s response to Moscow’s aggression against Ukraine starting in 2014: as State Department Coordinator for Sanctions Policy, he crafted US sanctions against Russia, the largest US sanctions program to date, and negotiated the imposition of similar sanctions by Europe, Canada, Japan, and Australia. As Polish Desk Officer in the late 1980s, he was one of the first in Washington to recognise the impending collapse of Communism in Poland, and helped develop the immediate response of the George HW Bush Administration.
Updated: March 31, 2022



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